Jeremy Corbyn gets rock star welcome at Glastonbury Festival

Calvin Saunders
June 25, 2017

"Let us be together and recognise another world is possible, if we come together to... achieve a decent, better society where everybody matters".

The poem is seen as one of the first modern statements of the principle of nonviolent resistance.

The Labour leader, who received a hero's welcome when he arrived at the site on Saturday afternoon, said: "Is it right that so many people in our country have no home to live in and only a street to sleep on?" "We're doing things differently, we're doing things better!" he said. The late and much loved MP Tony Benn, a friend and mentor to Corbyn, was a regular and popular speaker at Glastonbury.

And in an interview with the Glastonbury Free Press, festival founder Michael Eavis said he was "thrilled" with Labour's result at the General Election.

"There are many people we learn from in our lives, we learn from friends, we learn from teachers, we learn from parents and those that have written music for us".

"The wonderful campaign that I was involved with brought a lot of people back into politics because they believed there was something on offer for them".

But what was even more inspiring was the number of young people who got involved for the very first time.

As is Radiohead's way, there were more than a fair few perplexing, meandering and frankly tiresome moments in the two-hour set, where their challenging experimental electronica and Thom Yorke's pained warbling fell flat, leading the crowd to thin out long before the end.

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"And that politics that got out of the box isn't going back into the box".

Festival-goers surrounded his Land Rover Discovery and chanted "Oh, Jeremy Corbyn" to the tune of the White Stripes' Seven Nation Army as Mr Corbyn left the area.

"Is it right that European Union nationals contributing, to the NHS, to society are in an uncertain situation?" he asked, before declaring: "All must stay, be part of our world and part of our community".

Corbyn pulled out of a Glastonbury visit past year after the country voted to leave the European Union just as the festival started.

There are flags bearing Mr Corbyn's name, T-shirts featuring his face and even a sand sculpture depicting him dressed in fox hunting garb, riding a fox through fields of wheat towards Prime Minister Theresa May.

"I've heard people chanting Jeremy Corbyn around the whole site and I'm pretty happy about that as well". "Just shut the door on your way out".

He then headed over to the Solstice bar.

Former chancellor Ed Balls and Yvette Cooper were snapped queuing for the showers.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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