Tuesday, September 15, 2015

The World Is At His Command

Meet Jeremy Corbyn, the new leader of the British Labour Party.
Corbyn is a socialistic politician who believes that Labourites, like the Democrats in the United States, have moved too far from the left, attempting to moderate and soften their message to voters so as not to appear like they want to overtax the rich people who allegedly want to provide jobs with their wealth.  He wants to bring Labour back to its leftist roots and undo more than 35 years of Tory bullying and pomposity that began under Margaret Thatcher.  If Labour wins a majority in the House of Commons in the next election, Corbyn would become prime minster of Great Britain.  In short, this is the British equivalent of Bernie Sanders winning the Democratic presidential nomination.
Corbyn probably has a better shot of reaching the top elected job in Britain than Sanders does at reaching the top elected job in the U.S.  For one thing, the British already have national health insurance (they're trying to save it, not start it), and they are more likely to believe in global warming and evolution.  But many still feel that Corbyn would drive away "moderate" voters (i.e., middle-class voters whom the Tories can get to support policies that hurt the poor), and some Labourites fear he could embolden the Tories.  If Corbyn can pull Labour back from the middle and also pull the British political center from the right, he'll be seen as a political genius.  If not, Jeremy will be seen as a boob, a real nowhere man, making all his nowhere plans for nobody.

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