Many have drawn comparisons between Jeremy Corbyn and American presidential candidate Bernie Sanders
Jeremy Corbyn has been made leader of Britain’s Labour Party. Known for his outspoken liberal stances on important issues, Corbyn has pledged to shape his new charge into a more palatable and inclusive party which will strive toward the implementation of socially beneficial changes to public policy.
At his final campaign rally last week, Corbyn re-stated his platform that “Fundamentally many people are turned off by a political process when the major parties are not saying anything different enough about how we run the economy, and are totally turned off by a style of politics which seems to rely on the levels of clubhouse theatrical abuse that you can throw across at each other in parliament and across the airwaves.”
Corbyn has advocated for changes which, for many conservatives, sound extremely unwise. Among these exist the reintroduction of rent controls, nationalization of some private assets, reductions in tax breaks given to large firms, and, simultaneously, an active resistance to the growth of austerity. Furthermore, under what has been named Corbyn’s ‘People’s QE’ the Bank of England would be “given a new mandate to upgrade our economy to invest in new large-scale housing, energy, transport and digital projects.”
On the social policy front, Corbyn has made himself, systematically, into a protector of LGBTQ equality. He has, in fact, never voted to impair the rights of the LGBTQ community in Britain.
Notably, this is evidenced by his past opposition to Section 28 of the Local Government Act of 1988 which placed unnecessary, unusual, and, indeed, discriminatory requirements for public officials. For example the section reads, in part:
“A local authority shall not: a) intentionally promote homosexuality or publish material with the intention of promoting homosexuality; b) promote the teaching in any maintained school of the acceptability of homosexuality as a pretended family relationship.”
With respect to foreign policy (the most significant pertinent issue in recent months being the current internal violence in Ukraine), Corbyn has publicly suggested that NATO represents an antagonistic influence in the region. In continuance of his position as a constant anti-war campaigner, he has also criticized NATO’s involvement in the conflict in terms of augmented aid provided to the Ukrainian military as well as its maintained buffer state ‘alliances’ (the diplomatic creation of which he sees as damaging in terms of the long-term geopolitical struggle that is the reason for NATO’s existence, fundamentally) with former Warsaw Pact countries.
“Many of us have spent our entire lives campaigning against nuclear weapons, we have got to win people over to the idea that a nuclear-free world is possible, that they are not a defense but an ever-present and costly danger not just to us but to the entire planet.”
“The idea that the UK Government thinks it is acceptable to base their nuclear weapons stockpile just 30 miles from Scotland’s largest population centre is as dangerous as it is unacceptable. The people of Glasgow and of Scotland as a whole have made their opinions clear; we do not want these immoral weapons based on the River Clyde and it is time for them to go.”
Fundamentally, Corbyn has made it clear that he wishes for the United Kingdom to become a force for peace around the globe. A disarmament process, in his view, would serve only to aid in the achievement of this image. Furthermore he has opposed British military action in Syria based on this same premise.
Some have drawn comparisons between Jeremy Corbyn and American presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. Certainly there are similarities between the two. I would tend to make the argument that when they are compared, Jeremy Corbyn comes out as slightly more left-leaning, although not by much. Both have demonstrated a fervent willingness to follow their own principles.
In the Past, Sanders has aligned himself as an independent socialist. Jeremy Corbyn is similar with respect to his relationship with the Labour Party.
There are still several years until the next election and only time will tell what shape the Labour Party will be in when that situation rolls around. What is known at present is that Corbyn has a tough road ahead, for many reasons, in the political struggles which are sure to come.