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Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Jeremy Corbyn with Yanis Varoufakis – Scottish Independence implications of, and contradictions in Corbyn's claimed internationalism



 A fascinating exchange overall. But my Danish friend Troels Just has focused my attention on a middle section ( 25m mark to 39m mark approximately Click to select ) where Yanis invites Jeremy Corbyn to promote an international solidarity with left-wing groups in other countries to counterbalance the manifest, pernicious - and rapidly growing - co-ordination and solidarity of bankers, international capitalists and extreme right-wing groups across the world.
As Troels points out, if Corbyn is sympathetic to such interactions - co-ordination and solidarity with other countries - why does he find it impossible to understand and relate to the aspirations of a small nation on his doorstep, namely Scotland, and its wish to be independent, a movement that is undoubtedly people-driven and predominantly of the centre left to left of the political spectrum?

It makes nonsense of Labour's internationalism when Corbyn and Labour announce their intention to deny the right of the people of Scotland to vote on the issue of their self-determination in a second independence referendum. Such a contradiction can only be explained by a narrow and decidedly un-internationalist objective of securing their own electoral success in the dysfunctional conglomerate of four nations that constitutes the Disunited Kingdom, a union that has never reconciled its four constituent parts over three centuries.