Britain’s Labour Party has narrowed the gap with the ruling Conservatives in the polls, going up from an average of 25 percent support when Prime Minister Theresa May called an election last month to nearly 35 percent.
Support for May’s Conservatives hasn’t come down from 45 percent. They are still expected to prevail, but with a smaller majority than seemed likely a few weeks ago.
Mainstream Labour politicians in the United Kingdom and sensible Republicans in the United States have adopted the same strategy to cope with the attempted hostile takeovers of their parties: wait out the insurgency and hope that things return to normal after what can only be a crushing defeat for Jeremy Corbyn and Donald Trump, respectively.
There is of course little the far-left Corbyn and the right-wing nationalist Trump have in common, except that they are each remarking their parties in their own image.
As Americans try to make sense of what is happening in British politics, Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn is sometimes compared for convenience with Democratic Party candidate Bernie Sanders, another leftwinger.
There are similarities. Both are old men who appeal mostly to disillusioned millennials. Both are to the left of their parties. And both are refusing to give up when it’s obvious to everyone else that they’ve lost.
If Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn continues to stay put despite losing the support of his lawmakers, he not only risks splitting his party; he could leave the United Kingdom without an effective opposition for months.
Corbyn, an unreformed socialist, won his party’s leadership election last year with almost no support from his parliamentary colleagues.
His failure to persuade a larger share of Labour voters to follow the party line and vote “remain” in last week’s European Union referendum was the final straw for lawmakers who rightly fear they are doomed if Corbyn stays on as leader. Polls predict an historic defeat. Read more “Corbyn Could Leave Britain Without Opposition”
Britain’s Labour Party leader, Jeremy Corbyn, has once again put his foot in his mouth when talking about antisemitism.
This time, he compared the state of Israel to Muslim fanatics.
Speaking at the presentation of a report about antisemitism in his party, Corbyn failed to condemn Jew-hatred in isolation, as he has so consistently failed to do. Whenever antisemitism comes up, Corbyn must lecture against all forms of racism.
But he did one worse on Thursday, saying, “Our Jewish friends are no more responsible for the actions of Israel or the Netanyahu government than our Muslim friends are for those of various self-styled Islamic states or organizations.”