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Dawn Foster is a Jacobin staff writer, a columnist for the Guardian, and the author of Lean Out.
Boris Johnson has always fantasized about being his generation’s Winston Churchill. With his destructive bungling of the response to the coronavirus crisis, he is shaping up to be the British George W. Bush.
The coronavirus is already exposing the profound damage a decade of Tory austerity has wrought on British society. And it’s about to get a lot worse.
As votes are counted in the Labour leadership election, the party faces a dangerous period: Keir Starmer, the favorite to win, is likely to try to drag the party back to the dark ages of top-down politics and centrist equivocating.
A new “Free Speech Union” established by right-wing trolls in Britain is just the latest self-promotion gambit by those who insist on their inalienable right to spew hate while remaining exempt from criticism.
Polls predict an earthquake result in today’s Irish election, as Sinn Féin threatens to beat the mainstream parties for the first time. It could bring a united Ireland closer — but it’s also a vote to stop the soaring cost of living.
Boris Johnson’s Conservative government has announced it will be renationalizing British train lines. It’s further proof that privatization is being discredited around the world.
Jess Phillips’s brief but disastrous bid for the Labour Party leadership is a cautionary tale for substanceless centrists in politics: just because pundits and TV hosts love you doesn’t mean anybody else will.
The anti-Catholic attacks on Labour leader candidate Rebecca Long-Bailey are a reminder that an old form of British bigotry never completely went away.
The Labour Party contest to replace Jeremy Corbyn as leader has so far featured confusion and acrimony. But the situation promises to improve as actual campaigning gets underway — and the position of socialists in the party remains infinitely stronger than it was before Corbyn.
Labour’s election debacle had multiple causes: a monolithically hostile media, the Brexit imbroglio, and unfocused messaging in the campaign’s final stretch. But for the hundreds of thousands of left-wing dues-payers who have joined the party — now the biggest in Europe — the mood is one of determination, not despair.
Pandering to ultranationalism, Boris Johnson is seeking to make it harder for the families of those murdered by British soldiers in Northern Ireland to pursue justice in the courts. It’s the latest escalation of the Tories’ hard-right turn on the question of how Britain should confront the legacy of the Troubles.
For Labour door-knockers, defeat was bitter, but the experience built skills and solidarities that will carry them into the next fights: preserving Labour as a vehicle for socialism, battling austerity and despair at the local level, and preparing the ground for victory at the next election.
This election campaign has marked a grim milestone in British political history: a pathological liar in Downing Street, Boris Johnson, has run a campaign in which all standards of honesty and accuracy have been tossed aside — and a ferociously partisan media has done everything it can to cover it up.
There are only two real choices in the UK election — Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour and Boris Johnson’s Tories. Comfortable liberals who claim to be “politically homeless” are exposing their cluelessness about the misery and havoc another Tory government will impose on ordinary Britons.
For 40 years, the Tories — along with New Labour — have sworn up and down that they support the NHS while surreptitiously hollowing it out. Last week, Jeremy Corbyn caught them red-handed, showing once again that the program will only be safe under a Labour government.
Aided and abetted by an anti-Labour media, the Tories have been on an unprecedented lying streak. If they find they can get away with this kind of mendacity and still win an election, there will be no limit to their willingness to lie in government.
After years in the wilderness, first with Thatcherism, then with New Labour, both the Left and British director Ken Loach are just hitting their prime.
Labour’s election manifesto has been launched, and it presents a breathtaking vision of radical yet pragmatic change for the UK. Now we have to get that vision through to voters and drown out the din of a hostile media.
Labour’s critics are horrified that the party would stoop so low: proposing popular policies like free broadband and more public holidays. It’s understandable they’re surprised — before Jeremy Corbyn arrived, the Tories and New Labour spent years insisting that life in the UK can’t get better.