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Jeremy Corbyn has betrayed the people Labour once stood for

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Jeremy Corbyn never really wanted to be leader of the Labour Party. No one was more surprised than he was when he found himself three and a half years ago blinking into the TV camera lights and sent on stage to talk to large, enthusiastic crowds.

He took to politics when he did Voluntary Service Overseas in Jamaica after leaving school in the 1960s. Matthew d’Ancona describes the experience: “Notionally a teacher, Corbyn spent most of his time absorbing the anti-imperialist, anti-colonial politics that were spreading across the island – thanks, in no small measure, to the Guyanese radical, Walter Rodney.”

Rodney saw himself as a socialist and an anti-capitalist, influenced by Marxism but not doctrinaire. From then on, Corbyn was the same. He became active in Labour politics in London, adopting the fashionable causes of the so-called hard left. That included a united Ireland. He never explicitly supported violence as a means to achieve it, but he supported Sinn Fein, the political wing of the IRA, and even after he became Labour leader........

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