Skip to comments.Labour Elects Far-Left Leader in British Politics Shake-Up
Posted on 09/12/2015 7:48:14 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
LONDON A veteran anti-war campaigner known for his unapologetically socialist views has won a landslide victory to lead Britain's opposition Labour Party an outcome that delighted supporters and dismayed others who never imagined he could be elected.
The overwhelming support for far-left lawmaker Jeremy Corbyn, 66, was one of the biggest shake-ups in British politics in decades.
His win Saturday marks a sharp left turn for his party and will significantly challenge the tone of mainstream British politics, which is now dominated by Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives.
"It's certainly the most high-profile position an overt socialist has held in British politics since the 1980s," said Martin Wright, lecturer in history and politics at Cardiff University. "It's an absolute earthquake. For the last two decades, the center ground has been moving ever further to the right. This moves the frames of reference to the left and opens up an alternative."
Considered an eccentric outsider and a longshot just months ago, Corbyn won many over with passionate arguments for nationalizing industry, heavily taxing corporations and the rich, increasing spending and ending austerity. Supporters say Corbyn is a refreshing voice in a party that has been moving toward the center ground for far too long.
Under the last two Labour leaders in power, Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, Labour shed its commitment to nationalizing industry and wooed big business.
Corbyn's blunt rejection of that strategy attracted scores of enthusiastic new members and supporters to the party, earning him a rock-star welcome from many young people disillusioned with British politics.
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British Labour is just copying the U.S. Democrats, who had great electoral success with a far-left A-hole who hates his own country.
Alternate headline: “Labour Marginalizes Itself”
I think the big winner in this vote may well be Nick Clegg.
A mere socialist?
No biggie. At first I thought he might be an Islamocommunist.
You forget British understatement.
People who believe in this guy’s ideology cannot be fellow citizens with those who believe in freedom and self-determinism. That this guy got elected by his party is disturbing evidence of just how divided Western society is becoming.
Clegg resigned as Lib Dem leader. Tim Farron is the new leader.
OK, then he’s the big winner here.
They need to find the direction of Mecca. They will soon be on their knees faking love for allah.
On a related note, why was Daniel Craig, the James Bond actor, allowed to donate $45,000 to US candidate Bernie Sanders, as reported this week in the news.
He is a resident of the US, he lives with wife Rachel Weisz (lucky *******) in the US.
[snip] Jobs not Trident; No cuts; Defy Tory rule; Cut war not welfare; Stop fracking; a Living Wage for mothers; and, The Pope gets it, why can't you?[/snip]
[snip] Reasoning to listen with Sadiq Khan MP Scotland Yard is alleged to have eavesdropped on meetings between Sadiq Khan, a Government whip, and a terrorist suspect currently being held in prison. [/snip]
Daniel Craig’s next James Bond movie will have Bond going after Anti-global government/Tea Party/Dittoheads folks...
The only have 8 seats left in the House so they are not powerful now. They will certainly make gains in the next election but that won’t be until 2020.
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