Jeremy Corbyn Addresses Glastonbury Crowd

Ruben Ruiz
June 26, 2017

The late and much loved MP Tony Benn, a friend and mentor to Corbyn, was a regular and popular speaker at Glastonbury.

"Millions of young people - Glastonbury people - voted for him", Mr Eavis told the festival's on-site newspaper. "Michael, you paved the way for all of us... you paved the way for the spirit of great messages", Corbyn said. In recognition, the band dedicated a sizeable part of their Friday night (23 June) headline slot at Glastonbury to revisiting OK Computer tracks.

In the lead up to the election Corbyn offered voters a promise to build a fairer society through policies such as raising taxes for the richest 5 percent, scrapping university tuition fees and investing $315 billion in infrastructure - plans the Conservatives said defied any realistic budget proposal.

In astonishing scenes for a music festival, an estimated 135,000 Glasto revelers congregated at the Pyramid stage to watch Corbyn give a rousing 20 minute speech before USA rap duo Run the Jewels took to the stage. The elites got it wrong. The festival's attendees chanted Corbyn's name when he walked onstage. "Politics is about the lives of all of us".

"Shake your chains to earth like dew/Which in sleep had fallen on you: Ye are many-they are few!"

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After stepping out to cheers, he thanked Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis for setting up the festival, describing it as "a place where people come together and achieve things".

"What was even more inspiring was the number of young people who got involved for the very first time because they were fed up with being told they don't matter and that their generation was going to pay more to get less in education, housing, health, pensions and everything else".

That the Labour leader was given a rock star welcome was, perhaps, unsurprising at the overwhelmingly left-leaning music festival. Corbyn seems to have picked up the mantle in some style.

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