Corbyn & Sanders are two of a kind


Philip Stephens makes completely the wrong comparison between Donald Trump and Jeremy Corbyn by suggesting they are two of a kind in his column in the FT last friday on the 24th of July. 

A much better and valid comparison in US politics today for Mr Corbyn seeking to be leader of the Labour party would be Bernie Sanders, the US Senator for Vermont who is challenging Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination. Like Mr Corbyn, Sen Sanders has seen his crowds swell and is gaining ground in the polls. Like Mr Corbyn, he’s connecting in a way that Mrs Clinton is not, as he’s talking about things people want to hear. People are used to candidates who are calculated, produced and measured, and they see through that. Both are different in this respect.

So while the Labour leadership contest has got dirty, let’s not do Mr Corbyn the disservice of suggesting that he is remotely like someone with whom he would have nothing in common politically.

You will find the above letter in the FT letters page today.



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