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Jeremy Corbyn hails Fidel Castro, ‘a champion of social justice’

Jeremy Corbyn hails Fidel Castro, 'a champion of social justice'
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As the world reacts to the news that Fidel Castro has passed away, Jeremy Corbyn has offered a personal tribute to the Cuban dictator. The Labour leader has spoken out to praise Castro as 'a champion of social justice':

'Fidel Castro’s death marks the passing of a huge figure of modern history, national independence and 20th century socialism. From building a world class health and education system, to Cuba’s record of international solidarity abroad, Castro’s achievements were many.

For all his flaws, Castro’s support for Angola played a crucial role in bringing an end to Apartheid in South Africa, and he will be remembered both as an internationalist and a champion of social justice.'

Corbyn does at least highlight that Castro was not without problems --adding a 'for all his flaws' disclaimer. However, with Corbyn praising Castro as a champion for social justice, Mr S suspects he ought to have also found time to reference a few other aspects of Castro's regime. Say for example, the independent newspapers closed as part of his regime -- or the homosexuals and priests sent to labour camps for 're-education'.

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Steerpike is The Spectator's gossip columnist, serving up the latest tittle tattle from London and beyond. Email tips to steerpike@spectator.co.uk.

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