The Accidental Candidate

Jeremy Corbyn

Jeremy Corbyn
Photograph: Harry Borden for the Guardian

Halfway through my interview with Jeremy Corbyn, Laura Alvarez, his wife, turns up with a pot of homemade blackberry and apple jam for one of his assistants. “It’s from the allotment,” Corbyn says proudly. “It’s important to have a balance in life. I know my office gets quite irritated because I read lots of other things. I think you have to have an understanding of other things in life, not just the immediacy of politics.”

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Eastern Europeans in Brexitland?

Attacked … The Village Shop in Norwich, an east European food store, was badly damaged in an arson attack in August.

Attacked¦ The Village Shop in Norwich, an east European food store, was badly damaged in an arson attack in August.
Photograph: Steve Adams

Father Ioan strolls the aisle of the Romanian Orthodox church in Redcliffe, Bristol chanting in Romanian, English and Church Slavonic while wafting a censer of incense among the faithful. By day, he works in construction; on Sundays, he tends the flock. Families and individuals come and go, among them Orvida, an IT worker who came for three months and stayed for six years; the paediatric surgeon who described himself as a ‘remain Eurosceptic’, although he didn’€™t have a vote; and Horatio, the former bank manager who found a job here as a care worker and runs his own business employing about 20 people.

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“Would it not be easier to dissolve the people and elect another?”

Angela Eagle and Jeremy Corbyn

“If there is one thing more breathtaking than Corbyn’s election as leader of the Labour party, it has been the inability of his detractors to engage with the meaning of that victory.
Photograph: Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images

Say what you want about the Tories – and I have – they know how to implode with style. Their betrayals are brazen; their concessions are dramatic; their calculations are brutal. Treachery, buffoonery and incompetence on a scale few could imagine is followed by orderly transition and a leader they can live with. They may be wrecking the country, but their party has emerged intact.

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