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SCORES of prominent left-wing figures called for “a world for the many, not the few” in an open letter today, as they endorsed Labour’s political vision under Jeremy Corbyn.
Former Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff, former Ecuadorian president Rafael Correa, celebrated linguist Noam Chomsky and anti-apartheid leader Ronnie Kasrils signed a letter entitled The Cause of Labour is the Hope of the World, which called for solidarity with the party.
The statement, which was published in Tribune, was signed by 61 different signatories from at least 19 different countries.
It said that “faced with the rising tide of the far-right in many countries, the need for progressive governments with transformative social agendas has never been greater” and demanded a “spirit of co-operation” across the global left that “challenges reactionary politics.”
It also warned “it is increasingly clear that we are running out of time to tackle the climate crisis” and said that Labour’s “commitment to a Green New Deal and radical action to bring about carbon neutrality” would be a “watershed in the battle to save our planet — and particularly its poorest people — from the consequences of ecological breakdown.”
The signatories also called for a politics “in which the interests of ordinary people could be advanced, our social fabrics restored and the domination of an economic elite over our democracies brought to an end” and called for “not just a better Britain — but a world for the many, not the few.”
Other prominent figures signing the letter included Podemos leader Pablo Iglesias, former South African MP Andrew Feinstein and former Ecuadorian foreign minister Guillaume Long.
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