What Bill Clinton had to say about Jeremy Corbyn


Let’s hope that the Clintons don’t have to work with a Jeremy Corbyn-led Labour leadership anytime soon. Or, if they do, then we get to be a fly on the wall.
Future meetings between the two regimes are likely to be interesting, following revelations that the former US President Bill Clinton described Mr Corbyn as “mad”.
In documents published by Wikileaks, it has emerged that Mr Clinton said Labour’s leader was chosen because he was “the maddest person in the room”.
The documents allege that Mr Clinton said members of the Labour party were so angry about being “shafted by former Prime Minister Tony Blair that “they went out and practically got a guy off the street” instead.
Mr Clinton’s remarks were reported to have been made while at a dinner party for wealthy donors last year.
The former President, who is no stranger to controversy, also compared Mr Corbyn to the leaders of anti-austerity parties such as Syriza in Greece.
It is understood that the reports have been leaked in a bid to undermine Mr Clinton’s wife Hillary’s bid to win the keys to the White House.
During the dinner, he is also said to have criticised former Labour leader Ed Miliband, who stood down after failing to win the last general election. Mr Clinton said Mr Miliband was too left wing to appeal to voters in Britain.
The revelations were made public in leaked emails and show Mr Clinton saying that the Labour Party decided to “dispose” of potential leader David Miliband because they were angry he had been part of Mr Blair’s government in the Iraq War.
Mr Clinton is said to have added: “And they moved to the left and put his brother in as leader because the British labour movement wanted it.
“When David Cameron thumped him in the election, they reached the interesting conclusion that they lost because they hadn’t moved far left enough.
“And so they went out and practically got a guy off the street to be the leader of the British Labour Party, who I saw in the press today said that he was really a British citizen and had real British [inaudible]. “
“But what that is reflective of – the same thing happened in the Greek election – when people feel they’ve been shafted and they don’t expect anything to happen anyway, they just want the maddest person in the room to represent them.”