This video from Britain says about itself:
Bernie Sanders & Jeremy Corbyn: how much in common?
23 July 2015
British left-winger Jeremy Corbyn is ahead according to one poll for the Labour leadership.
Socialist U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders is growing in support and supposedly “winning the Internet.”
How much do they have in common?
That was then.
Now about now, after Jeremy Corbyn won the vote for Labour party leader.
By Daniel Marans in the USA:
Bernie Sanders: ‘I Am Delighted’ By Jeremy Corbyn’s Victory
“We need leadership in every country in the world which tells the billionaire class that they cannot have it all.”
U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) hailed the election of Jeremy Corbyn to the leadership of the United Kingdom’s Labour Party as a promising development in the global fight against inequality.
“At a time of mass income and wealth inequality throughout the world, I am delighted to see that the British Labour Party has elected Jeremy Corbyn as its new leader,” Sanders, a Democratic presidential candidate, said in a statement emailed to The Huffington Post Saturday. “We need leadership in every country in the world which tells the billionaire class that they cannot have it all. We need economies that work for working families, not just the people on top.”
Sanders’ appreciation of Corbyn is mutual. A week before his victory, Corbyn said he was following Sanders’ campaign with “great interest.”
Corbyn’s upset election as head of Labour, which makes him the de facto opposition leader in the U.K. parliament, has drawn comparisons to Sanders’ rise in the American political landscape. Like Corbyn, Sanders has achieved unexpected popularity by proposing dramatic solutions to end income inequality and reform the political process. The two left-leaning legislators also share an unglamorous demeanor.
Corbyn is nonetheless to the left of Sanders, advocating for policies like the nationalization of Britain’s main power providers. Historically, the UK’s economic policies have been more socialistic than those of the U.S.
Jeremy Corbyn win: Conservative Party warning that new Labour leader is ‘threat to national security’ mocked on Twitter: here.
Jeremy Corbyn, welcome to Europe’s fight against austerity, by Pablo Iglesias. The Labour leader and my own party Podemos have one thing in common: a rejection of the neoliberalism that has impoverished our people: here.
This 18 August 2015 video from the USA is called Bernie Sanders asked about Jeremy Corbyn.
It’s time to break up the banks.
The greed, recklessness, and illegal behavior on Wall Street drove this country into the worst recession since the Great Depression. Their casino-style gambling has helped divert 99 percent of all new income to the top one percent. And it has contributed to the most unequal level of wealth and income distribution of any major country on earth.
In the midst of all of this grotesque inequality sits a handful of financial institutions that are still so large, the failure of any one would cause catastrophic risk to millions of Americans and send the world economy into crisis.
If it’s too big to fail, it’s too big to exist. That’s the bottom line.
I introduced legislation in Congress that would break up banks that are too big to fail. Can you sign on as a citizen co-sponsor of my bill to show your support?
Click here to add your name as a citizen co-sponsor of my bill to break up the banks.
Banking should be boring. It shouldn’t be about making as much profit as possible by gambling on esoteric financial products. The goal of banking should be to provide affordable loans to small and medium-sized businesses in the productive economy, and to Americans who need to purchase homes and cars.
That is not what these financial institutions are doing. They’re instead creating an economy which is not sustainable from a moral, economic, or political perspective. It’s a rigged economy that must be changed in fundamental ways.
Let’s be clear who we’re talking about: JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, Wells Fargo, Morgan Stanley, and other institutions; they’re all too big to fail. So they must be broken up.
Wall Street can’t be an island unto itself separate from the rest of the productive economy whose only goal is to make as much money as possible. I fear very much that the financial system is even more fragile than many people may perceive.
Millions of Americans are working longer hours for lower wages, while virtually all new income goes to the people who need it the least. In fact, the top 14 wealthiest people saw their wealth grow more last year than the bottom 130 million have in total.
We must break this cycle to save the middle class in America. Can you show your support for my bill to break up the banks?
Add your name as a citizen co-sponsor to my legislation to break up banks that are too big to fail.
I’m running for President of the United States because I believe that it is incumbent on us to try to take back our country from the billionaires and make it thrive again for the working and middle class. Breaking up the banks is a critical part to making that a reality.
Thank you for all of your support.
Senator Bernie Sanders
Monday 14th August 2015
posted by Morning Star in Britain
Leadership bid spends significantly less than other candidates
LABOUR’S leadership battle was hardly awash with cash, but Jeremy Corbyn’s campaign was best value for money.
The four contenders declared almost £1 million in donations in lump sums over £1,500, an analysis of donations for the Star shows.
But Corbyn spent a relatively modest £157,811.57 during his journey from 200/1 outsider to Labour leader.
That compares with a staggering £355,356.56 blown by Yvette Cooper’s team, £247,522.12 by Andy Burnham and £233,175 by Liz Kendall.
The figures feature in the updated official Register of Members’ Financial Interests, in which all MPs must declare any donations greater than £1,500.
It does not show any of the small individual sums of money given by ordinary people, which was a strength of the Corbyn campaign.
Mr Corbyn received £200,000 in small donations — an average of £23.50 per donation.
As might be expected, most of his big-money donors were unions, with Aslef, Unite, RMT and TSSA all stumping up cash for his campaign.
Meanwhile the other candidates received money from political lobbyists including those linked to repressive regimes, the nuclear power industry, and GM crop companies.
Other donors also included defence contractors, former Blair aides and confederates plus a sprinkling of showbiz stars and other millionaire Labour supporters.
Mr Burnham made a point of refusing to accept trade union money thoughout the campaign.
But Mr Corbyn paid tribute to the trade unions who backed him at his victory rally on Saturday, saying: “We received, asked for and got no corporate donations whatsoever. This has been a people’s campaign.”
Cooper’s donations included £100,000 from super-wealthy Labour couple thriller writer Ken Follett and his ex-MP wife Barbara.
Burnham’s funds included a loan and payment of phone and office costs by businessman Graham Nigel Cole, boss of GKN — a manufacturer of components, including those used for military vehicles.
Kendall’s campaign donations included £10,000 from former Blair aide Tim Allan, who left Downing Street to set up his own lobbying firm Portland Communications, which has represented the authorities of Bahrain, notorious for repressive treatment of pro-democracy protesters, and Kazhakstan, whose human rights record is atrocious.
Full details of donations can be found here, under the individual member’s name at http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm/cmregmem/150907/150907.pdf
Monday 14th August 2015
posted by Morning Star in Editorial
JEREMY CORBYN’S stunning victory represents a huge advance for progressive politics, but it is an opportunity that must be grasped. That process begins today, with the second reading of the Trade Union Bill.
Corbyn’s campaign has surprised many with the huge groundswell of support that developed around the progressive left policies and straight-talking politics he has put forward. Tens of thousands have joined or rejoined the Labour Party, inspired by the opportunity to vote for socialist policies, and they are reinforced by over 10,000 more who joined immediately following the announcement of Jeremy’s victory.
Add to this well over 100,000 registered supporters and affiliated supporters and you can understand why out-of-date New Labour hacks are struggling to cope with the result. The contest that was supposed to prove the death of socialism within the Labour Party has done quite the opposite.
However, the real challenge is outside of Labour. While we can all celebrate the death knell of Thatcherite Blairism, we still face the most vicious ruling-class assault for decades. While punishing the poor and vulnerable through the draconian provisions of the Welfare Reform Bill, their Trade Union Bill seeks to destroy the only mechanism through which working people can drag themselves out of poverty — collective bargaining through free trade unions.
This Bill must be defeated, and we have the means to defeat it. In spite of potential divisions within the parliamentary party, Corbyn has the overwhelming backing of Labour Party members and supporters, as well as the trade unions — both affiliated and non-affiliated. On this question, as on so many others, he also has the support of the vast majority of the population, with a recent YouGov poll showing that two thirds of people oppose the provisions of the Trade Union Bill.
However, contrary to the warbling of Fleet Street commentators, issues like this are not won through deft performances in the pantomime of parliamentary procedure, backed up by a passive and ephemeral “public support,” demonstrated through opinion polls and media comment.
Real change is won by movements: movements which are able combine the parliamentary struggle of elected politicians with extra-parliamentary struggle in our communities and on our streets. Such a movement must be far bigger than just the Labour Party or even the trade union movement. It must embrace all working people willing to fight to protect their communities and to build a brighter future.
It is this extra-parliamentary struggle that even left-wing Labour leaders have historically been cautious of. However such struggle will be necessary, particularly with the current state of the Parliamentary Labour Party, which has drifted not just significantly to the right of its membership — as shown by the leadership result — but to the right of the wider population.
It will be necessary not only to support and reinforce a left Labour leadership, but at times to lead it.
In its deliberations this week, the TUC has a real opportunity to begin building such a movement.
First, it has the opportunity to begin building a mass campaign, not just against the Trade Union Bill but against its complement, the vicious Welfare Reform Bill. While defending the right of workers to combine to improve their terms and conditions, we must also defend them against the Tories’ cruel attacks on social provision.
Second, it can reaffirm the principles of solidarity and make it clear that, as the government inevitably begins to attack individual unions, the movement will come to their defence.
Third, it can work to more deeply integrate the trade union movement within working-class communities, giving a key role to the trade union councils which represent the cutting edge of this work.
An opportunity not grasped will swiftly evaporate.
Tuesday 15th August 2015
posted by Luke James in Britain
LABOUR donor John Mills has rubbished reports that he is to cut off cash to the party after Jeremy Corbyn’s election as leader, writes Luke James.
The Daily Telegraph made the claim yesterday in a front-page story, which also alleged that Mr Mills (pictured) would fund new Blairite “insurgency” group Labour for the Common Good.
But the JML tycoon hit back, describing the story as “utterly untrue” and “wholly inaccurate.”
Labour’s biggest individual donor said the party would continue to collect dividends from shares in his company that he has donated.
And in a statement he wrote: “Jeremy Corbyn was fairly elected as leader of the Labour Party and has a mandate from the party and its members.
“After our defeat in May, I believe the party needs fresh thinking and to this end I will consider funding established think tanks.
“I’d like to reiterate that I’ve been a loyal member of the Labour Party for more than 40 years and will always remain so.”
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