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Corbyn and Corb: the coincidences pile up

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In the heat of Labour’s leadership battle and the startling rise of Jeremy Corbyn, one vital question goes unanswered: ‘what does the Corb have in common with Le Corb?’

We know that LeCorbusier was a disciple of Hubert Lagardelle, the future minister of labour in the Vichy regime, who preached anti-capitalism, localism and direct action. Sound familiar? Both men also displayed the distinctive pout of those who think very deeply.

Both owned black dogs.

Photograph of Le Corbusier by Rogi André, c1937

Photograph of Le Corbusier by Rogi André, c1937

Both share a penchant for asceticism. Corb eats baked beans cold from the tin, is teetotal, vegetarian, makes jam and likes to go camping on holiday. Le Corb called himself ‘Père Corbu’, and claimed he would have been very happy with the life of a monk … were it not for the vow of celibacy. Perhaps he would even have approved of the Corb’s all-female train carriages.


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    Corbyn and Corb: the coincidences pile up

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