Bernie spoke to The World Transformed conference via Zoom today. Here’s a clip from it.
"We are now taking on everybody:
The billionaire class
The healthcare industry
The fossil fuel industry
The drug companies
— People for Bernie (@People4Bernie) September 25, 2021
This is from the Mirror UK. There is a little bit of reporting but not much.
Bernie Sanders urged Keir Starmer to follow Joe Biden’s example of embracing the left of his party.
The US Senator spoke to former Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell via video link at The World Transformed festival, on the fringe of Labour Party Conference in Brighton.
Mr McDonnell asked Senator Sanders, a prominent socialist on the left of the Democratic Party, how he’d managed to build a relationship with a “centrist leader” and convince the President to adopt a “radical programme”.
“I want to let you into a secret,” Mr McDonnell said. “We have a centrist leader as well, but we’re having problems in ensuring that we have a working relationship from the left with that relationship.”
Senator Sanders, who campaigned against President Biden for the Democratic Presidential Nomination, said Mr Biden had embraced the passionate youth movement the left had energised in the US.
“You’re quite right,” Senator Sanders said.
“[Biden’s] history is one of being a moderate centrist, but he is a very decent human being.
“I know him quite well and I say that without hesitation. He does not like to see suffering, racism or sexism around him.”
He said: “To his credit, and I think he deserves enormous credit, he looked around him and he saw the kind of movement that we helped develop … and the excitement of young people in wanting transformative change.”
He added: “We still have differences, but to his credit he was prepared to think big not small – and he understood that the only way that we bring people into the political process is by talking about the pain that they are now experiencing.”
The World Transformed is a festival organised by the Jeremy Corbyn-backing Momentum campaign group to coincide with Labour Party Conference.
Speaking at the end of the session, Mr McDonnell told the audience that when Mr Starmer was elected, he and Mr Corbyn “took the view that we wouldn’t support doing to him what they did to us – which was every day the personal attacks and abuse.”
He said the pair had been “providing a critique of the mistakes and errors that have been going on at the moment – but we’ve not done that through personal attacks…we’ve done it through political analysis.”
“It’s not the left that are undermining Starmer,” he said.
“It’s Starmer that is undermining Starmer.”
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