After the U.K.'s Labour party elected Jeremy Corbyn, its most far-left leader for decades, one of the highest profile international figures to congratulate him was none other than Bernie Sanders, the U.S. presidential candidate whose politics are often likened to those of Corbyn.
Sanders, who is running against the Democrats' Hilary Clinton, told The Huffington Post online newspaper: "At a time of mass income and wealth inequality throughout the world, I am delighted to see that the British Labour Party has elected Jeremy Corbyn as its new leader."
"We need leadership in every country in the world which tells the billionaire class that they cannot have it all. We need economies that work for working families, not just the people on top," he added.
The rising popularity of Sanders in the U.S. and Corbyn in the U.K.—individuals who have spent at least a generation on the fringes of their country's politics—are part of an increased frustration with the status quo in the Western world. Today's political disruptors in the West seem to be, in the main, old white men, although they are often figureheads for more diverse movements.