Cor­byn sup­port­ers hail ‘mod­ern mes­siah’

The Myanmar Times - - World -

HAIL­ING him as “a mes­siah of mod­ern day pol­i­tics”, young ac­tivists and old com­mu­nists gave a rap­tur­ous wel­come to Jeremy Cor­byn’s re-elec­tion as Bri­tain’s Labour leader.

“Jeremy! Jeremy! Jeremy!” the crowd chanted as the 67-year-old’s face ap­peared, live-streamed on a big screen from the main op­po­si­tion party’s an­nual con­fer­ence a few streets away in Liver­pool, north­west Eng­land on Septem­ber 24.

“I am very, very happy,” said Richard Schofield, a 28-year-old ac­tivist wear­ing a cus­tomised T-shirt adorned with a picture of a Poke­mon crea­ture with Mr Cor­byn’s head on it.

“Jeremy Cor­byn is a very de­cent man, an hon­ourable politi­cian. He is such a breath of fresh air. He is a reg­u­lar guy, recog­nises the prob­lems so many peo­ple face in this coun­try.”

About 750 “Cor­bynistas” gath­ered in an arts cen­tre to watch the lead­er­ship an­nounce­ment, a fore­gone con­clu­sion given the left­ist stal­wart’s pop­u­lar­ity with party mem­bers, but one his ded­i­cated sup­port­ers were de­ter­mined to cel­e­brate.

The at­mos­phere was calm and friendly, but the en­ergy lifted as ru­mours came through of the de­feat of Owen Smith, the chal­lenger put for­ward by mod­er­ate Labour MPs who want Mr Cor­byn gone.

Mr Cor­byn’s speech, with its mes­sage of peace and univer­sal ed­u­ca­tion, drew en­thu­si­as­tic ap­plause.

“He is a very im­pres­sive politi­cian,” said Peter Betts, a 68-year-old for­mer mem­ber of the com­mu­nist party who has a beard not dis­sim­i­lar to Mr Cor­byn’s.

“MPs in Lon­don are in a state of shock that the mu­ti­neer, the par­lia­men­tary rebel is now lead­ing the party. They don’t un­der­stand it!” he laughed. –

Photo: AFP

Jeremy Cor­byn has a huge fol­low­ing among young ac­tivists.

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