UK Theresa May called snap UK elections (after promising not to) in order to consolidate power in her own party, shutting up the MPs who didn't fall into line with her policies -- this was the same logic behind her predecessor David Cameron's decision to call a referendum on Brexit, and both banked on the idea that the UK electorate wasn't willing to vote for an "unthinkable" alternative in order to tell the establishment to go fuck itself.
The picture emerging as the June 8 election date draws closer is one in which May repeats Cameron's miscalculation: her approval rating has been in free-fall, even as her opponent, the much-smeared, backstabbed left-wing candidate Jeremy Corbyn gains ground.
This week, I sent money -- £100 each -- to both Labour and Momentum, the left-wing group that organised national support for Corbyn. And I just marked my postal ballot for Corbyn.
If the election were held today, the governing Tory party would lose seats. Labour is in striking distance of winning a majority, and the momentum appears to be with Labour. So, what on earth happened?
First, May’s ploys struck a lot of voters as too clever by half. She seems like an opportunist, first opposing Brexit, then supporting it; first promising not to call a snap election, then changing her mind. Just another scheming politician.
But something more fundamental could at work. When Corbyn made public Labour’s platform, known in the U.K. as its manifesto, (“For the Many, Not the Few,”) the initial commentary from the usual suspects was that the program was hopelessly leftwing – raising taxes on the affluent, increasing public investment, re-nationalizing the national rail grid, capping rents — that sort of outmoded stuff.
Well, it turns out that a lot of ordinary Brits have been hungry for this kind of program. They certainly didn’t get it from the last two Labour governments, under Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, who joined the globalist, neoliberal parade.
Jeremy Corbyn’s Surprising Gains
[Robert Kuttner/Huffington Post]
(via Naked Capitalism)
(Image: Sophie J. Brown
Mitt Romney, former Republican presidential candidate and Trump “critic”, is to run for the Utah senate seat vacated by Orrin Hatch’s retirement. Romney’s run has already faced some resistance: the head of the state’s Republican Party criticized him for not having deep enough ties to the state. Jenny Wilson, a Democratic candidate running for Senate […]
Details have emerged about Karen Smith, the teacher who allegedly assaulted a boy who did not stand for the pledge of allegiance. The BBC reports that she was charged with “child abuse – recklessly and with injury” and with third-degree assault after picking him up by the clothes and dragging him out of class. Local […]
News of Trump White House speech writer David Sorensen’s resignation hit late Friday as the WaPo prepared a story on his ex-wife’s allegations of violent domestic abuse. The White House said they learned of the accusations from her on Thursday.
When it comes to redesigning or renovating a living space, envisioning changes before they occur can be tricky for most. Thankfully, the web is home to tools that can remove some of the guesswork, like Live Home 3D Pro for Mac. This app lets you create detailed and furnished floor plans for everything from sheds and […]
For many startups and fledgling businesses, web hosting — and the fees associated with it — can take a sizeable chunk out of the company budget and limit growth down the road. But, that’s not to say there aren’t hosts out there who can get your site online while staying within your budget. Arch Hosting is a […]
The web is a big place, but it’s by no means infinite where domain names are concerned. New domain seekers, in particular, are feeling the burn as .com domain names become increasingly saturated, forcing many to choose a second-rate domain name or rename their brand entirely.Opting for a .tech domain not only affords you a […]