Corbyn speech at Glastonbury

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19 comments on “Corbyn speech at Glastonbury”

  1. saveNZ 1

    Corbyn, is on fire. Notice he talks about ‘real’ things, emotion, aspirational things. A change in attitude.

    He’s not breaking everything down into piecemeal money terms and policies. You don’t inspire people with that.

    Also he’s at Glastonbury, where normal people go, not ‘town’ meetings and ‘lobby clubs’, hooray!

    • Ed 1.1

      So many quotes from this speech.
      An inspirational message.

      I am becoming worried what the establishment will do to him, though.
      His spoken ideas are a clear and present threat to their political and economic agenda.

  2. Sanctuary 2

    The great thing about Corbyn is his genuineness. You know he actually likes Shelley, and the quote wasn’t the result of some spin doctor research. And that is political gold. The crowd believed him because they know he isn’t faking it.

    The other thing he is demonstrating is how central hope is to the socialist message to the masses. Centrism, incrementalism and managerialism are not enough for socialism to survive, let alone thrive. It needs hope and a radical map to the better country you promise.

    “…I am becoming worried what the establishment will do to him, though…”

    There isn’t much they can do at the moment. The Murdoch red tops were exposed as toothless and the liberal commentariat exposed as living in a bubble. They are currently powerless. The May government will soon collapse, and I predict Corbyn will be PM of the UK by Waitangi day 2018.

    I was reading the other day a reporter for the Independent asking some builders working on a block of luxury apartments what they though of the council re-housing Brenfell tower families there and the navvy declared it “bloody brilliant” – that is the sort of authentic, dangerously subversive anti-privilege voice of the working people that is normally carefully suppressed in the UK press. Corbyn has achieved “cut through” and with that proved Ghandi’s famous dictim to the letter: “…First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”

    As an interesting aside and following on from that, I was talking to a friend of mine from the UK who is over here for the Lions tour and who had been a junior officer in the German army about the possibility of a military coup to stop a Corbyn government. His view was while he didn’t know much about the British soldier, they are all mostly similar and he very much doubted if German soldiers would obey orders to shoot on a demonstrating crowd in that situation – and anyway, he would have refused to issue them.

  3. r0b 3

    Hot tory take – all those exploited audience members living in squalid tents with barely functional plumbing – outrage!

    Seriously though, helluva speech. I’d sure like to hear our Labour party talking like that.

    • Bill 3.1

      Squalid toilets and tents within a walled compound r0b. 😉

      Nothing’s stopping anyone speaking their mind and from the heart btw. Corbyn is no great orator and has no fantastic presence. And he got hammered for month after month. But principle (and a lack of organisational barriers) will take you far.

      NZ Labour meantime, is like the DJ taking over in some night club who, instead of playing the music they prefer and waiting for like minded souls to come, is trying to emulate the DJ who finished up last week.

    • Tony Veitch (not etc) 3.2

      Absolutely! I listened to Little address the troops at a meeting in ChCh – instead of a vision we got better administration of the neolib state!

      Hugely disappointing.

  4. weka 4

    Corbyn spotted getting off the train at Glastonbury,

  5. Mrs Brillo 5

    Now that’s what I call a revolutionary speech. That’s the vision I want to hear in New Zealand.

  6. The Real Matthew 6

    I can’t believe a reputable music festival would allow any politician the opportunity to speak. Shame on the organisers for not adopting political neutrality.

    Also rather ironic as international musicians are the biggest capitalists you will find and many have massive climate footprints. They are great at conning their audiences into thinking otherwise.

  7. Ad 7

    Awesome.
    And great to hear poetry from a politician.

  8. swordfish 8

    Latest Panelbase poll for Sunday Times

    Approval ratings

    May down to net minus 17% while Corbyn is net plus 17%

    Labour lead Tories by 5 points

  9. David Mac 9

    What a flash in the pan the Slaves in Slums story is when you consider the challenges Jeremy has faced. First the polls butchered him, then the MSM gave it their best shot. He turned and discovered not one of his colleagues about to stab him but hordes. He just wouldn’t lie down and die. A true grit, no quit attitude like that wins hearts.

    His message had little to do with politics and lots to do with being a good and loving person living in a healthy society, an attractive proposition. People don’t care about Todd Barclay, they do care about having to say ‘Sorry kids we can’t afford to go camping this New Years.’

  10. greywarshark 10

    Technology and work.
    In its recent review of a paper by Daron Acemoglu of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Pascual Restrepo of Boston University, The Economist used the example of the horse to illustrate what could happen to human workers as firms deploy robots. In the early 1900s, 21 million horses and their literal horse power moved the US economy.

    But the value of horses for their muscular power plummeted with the development of the internal combustion engine. By the early 1960s, the number of horses in the US fell below three million, a roughly 85% decline from their peak. A clear example, if you needed one, of the disruptive power of technological advance.
    Factory Floor and Trading Floor Alike

    Examples like the fate of the horse are not hard to find. Acemoglu and Restrepo, for example, calculate the US lost between 360,000 and 670,000 jobs between 1990 and 2007 due to the deployment of industrial robots.

    And the factory floor isn’t the only place to look. The highly skilled, highly compensated lawyers no longer needed at JPMorganChase or the traders at Goldman Sachs, recently unemployed because software can do what they do, give evidence to the widespread reshaping of the workforce firms should expect in the coming years. Indeed, McKinsey and others have calculated that most jobs are at risk of significant change as a result of new technology.
    https://www.cebglobal.com/blogs/digitization-of-business-why-the-economy-still-needs-horses/?business_line=innovation-strategy

  11. Peter 11

    Now that’s a real Labour leader who I would vote for.

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