Preview: "A Short Film About Money"

A glimpse of Michael Chanan's latest film - an investigation into the Corporation of the City of London.

"A Short Film About Money" is a spin-off from a longer film coming shortly which I’ve been making with Lee Salter. The longer film, ‘Secret City’, is an investigation into the Corporation of the City of London that governs the famous square mile which serves as joint-HQ with Wall Street for global finance capital. We originally thought we might include a sequence about the illusions of money, but dropped it, so instead we fashioned the footage we’d collected into the satirical short you can see here. 

You can watch a trailer for "Secret City" and find out more at www.secretcity-thefilm.com

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What did Jeremy Corbyn really say about Bin Laden?

He's been critiqued for calling Bin Laden's death a "tragedy". But what did Jeremy Corbyn really say?

Jeremy Corbyn is under fire for describing Bin Laden’s death as a “tragedy” in the Sun, but what did the Labour leadership frontrunner really say?

In remarks made to Press TV, the state-backed Iranian broadcaster, the Islington North MP said:

“This was an assassination attempt, and is yet another tragedy, upon a tragedy, upon a tragedy. The World Trade Center was a tragedy, the attack on Afghanistan was a tragedy, the war in Iraq was a tragedy. Tens of thousands of people have died.”

He also added that it was his preference that Osama Bin Laden be put on trial, a view shared by, among other people, Barack Obama and Boris Johnson.

Although Andy Burnham, one of Corbyn’s rivals for the leadership, will later today claim that “there is everything to play for” in the contest, with “tens of thousands still to vote”, the row is unlikely to harm Corbyn’s chances of becoming Labour leader. 

Stephen Bush is editor of the Staggers, the New Statesman’s political blog.