Yesterday’s UK elections should be a cause for celebration for anyone who considers themselves along the left side of the political spectrum.
While Corbyn’s newly invigorated Labour Party outshot the projections of the UK media and gained enough seats to force the incumbent Conservative Party to form a coalition government, a shocking outcome. While Labour was not able to take a shot a forming a coalition party, the Conservatives, currently lead by Theresa May, who were hoping to increase their previous majority in Parliament are now on their heels and seemingly spinning out of control.
While the Conservatives losing power is certainly something to cheer, what is even more exciting is how the Labour party did it. Corbyn, affectionately known as Jezza, is often called “Britain’s Bernie Sanders” though this comparison is off as Corbyn is even farther to the left of Bernie and has much more sterling foreign policy views. And despite being lambasted by the UK press, and even Pres. Obama as being out of touch, Jezza’s Labour Party embraced the left and in doing so proved the viability of such an electoral strategy. By giving voice to the concerns of the youth, Labour was able to corral a 72% youth turnout into massive MP gains.
So what does this mean going forward? It means that no longer can “centrist or die” Dems argue that going left is electoral death. By actual meeting the concerns of the underprivileged from the left, it is possible to form a strong left and make electoral gains.
No more Third Way Politics!