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.
Dawn Foster is a Jacobin staff writer, a columnist for the Guardian, and the author of Lean Out.
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.
The Liberal Democrats’ hypocritical “Remain Alliance” betrays their own voters and threatens to hand Boris Johnson a majority. It should be called what it is — a pathway to a Tory majority.
With their stance on Brexit and their refusal to partner with Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour in any post-election government, Britain’s Liberal Democrats are once again playing to their historic strengths: brazen opportunism and selling out their own voters.
In December’s UK election, everything will be up for grabs. The Tories are nervous, but Labour has its work cut out for it. Above all, it must shift the focus of debate from the Brexit melodrama to the ravages of austerity.
Boris Johnson has been backed into a corner. After promising to deliver Brexit, he’s instead been forced to ask the EU for yet another delay. Now he’s hurtling toward an election in which he will have to face the voters empty-handed. Meanwhile, Labour’s strategy is clear: refuse to fight the Brexit culture war and focus on the party’s radical vision for the future.
Tomorrow’s historic Brexit vote in Parliament could go either way and Britain’s future hangs in the balance. With an election looming, Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour prepares to present its vision of Britain’s future to voters.
Boris Johnson is positioning himself for a hard-right election campaign, accusing Parliament of “betrayal” for blocking a no-deal Brexit. But his government is a mess, and people aren’t falling for his lies.
The UK Supreme Court has torpedoed Boris Johnson’s entire strategy for his prime ministership and likely sparked a civil war inside the Conservative Party. As elections approach, the danger now is a Tory lurch to the far right.
The Labour Party just set out its most radical plan yet ahead of the looming general election. It’s the most ambitious proposal in British politics in decades.