Meet the “British Bernie Sanders”: New leftist leader Jeremy Corbyn blasts status quo in first US TV interview
Jeremy Corbyn has made history, taking British politics by storm — but the U.S. media has largely ignored him.
Corbyn, 66, was elected leader of the U.K.’s Labour Party in September in a historic landslide, earning 60 percent of the vote — over 40 percent more than the runner-up. He won with a larger percentage than any other Labour leader in history.
While the far right is on the rise throughout Europe, Corbyn has helped revive the left. The longtime British parliamentarian’s robust leftist policies and firm opposition to the ever right-leaning status quo have led some to characterize him as the “British Bernie Sanders” — or, rather, to dub Sanders the “American Jeremy Corbyn.” Given the more progressive political climate in Europe, however, Corbyn is even further to the left of Sanders in many ways.
In the 1990s, the Labour Party, mirroring the Democratic Party under Bill Clinton, took a turn to the right, adopting neoliberal economic policies not unlike those pursued by Thatcher or Reagan. Just as Sanders, a self-identified democratic socialist, has in the past year reinvigorated the U.S. left, Corbyn, also a self-identified democratic socialist, has injected a shot of adrenaline into the moribund Labour Party.