Labour leader cheered to the high heavens at music festival
by Will Stone at Glastonbury
JEREMY CORBYN drew one of the largest crowds ever at Glastonbury’s Pyramid Stage on Saturday, surpassing even headline acts Radiohead and the Foo Fighters.
Introducing him onto the stage, Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis said: “At last we have a Labour leader who can put in place all the issues we have been campaigning for for 40 years.”
Supportive flags including one with the words “coalition of chaos” and “Ooh Jeremy Corbyn” beneath a heart shape could be seen among the crowds.
In an inspiring speech he challenged Prime Minister Theresa May: “We’re ready for another election as soon as you like.
“The elite commentariat got it wrong. Politics is about the lives of all of us.
“Young people who got involved and voted for the first time, because they’re fed up of being told that their generation is going to have to work more and get paid less.
“Is it right that so many people are without a home and have to live on the streets?
“Is it right that so many people live in such poverty while others are surrounded by riches?
“I don’t want to live in a world where children are going to school hungry.”
Members of the crowd brushed away tears during his speech especially when he spoke about the Grenfell Tower fire which killed at least 79 people.
“Not so long ago we saw Grenfell Tower, a towering inferno in the middle of the richest borough in the country,” he said.
“People living in poverty, living in danger, in a place that simply went up in smoke.
“Not one of those people should have died.
“That fire was wholly and totally preventable.”
He argued the reason the tenants who raised safety concerns were “utterly ignored” is because they were poor and working class.
On Friday, headline act Radiohead were booed and greeted with shouts of “free Palestine” over the band’s refusal to cancel a gig in Israel next month.
The Oxfordshire group have been urged not to “cross the picket line” by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, which has accused Radiohead of supporting Israel’s apartheid system.