December 12, 2016

THE ANGLOSPHERE HAS NO ROOM FOR FIRST AND SECOND WAY PARTIES:

Unopposed : The Labour Party will drift into irrelevance (Jeremy Cliffe, 12/12/16, The Economist)

Mr Corbyn will say and do the bare minimum to help Sir Keir Starmer, his shadow Brexit secretary--who along with Sadiq Khan, London's mayor, will consolidate his status as a vessel for moderates' hopes. Instead Labour's leader will focus on internal battles: between his most hardline allies and younger, more nuanced lefties like Clive Lewis, the shadow business secretary; between Unite, Labour's largest affiliated union, and the more Corbyn-sceptic GMB; between different factions on Labour's executive, as he tries to rewrite party rules to give members--his ultimate power base--more say.

The result will be something like a one-party state. The Conservative left, the Scottish Nationalists and the Liberal Democrats will try to hold Theresa May and her government to account.

The existential threat to the Democrats is that their party faces the ptential for this same lurch backwards.  The Progressives are regressive.
Posted by at December 12, 2016 8:03 AM

  

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