(ed:..re the above headline – i really hope the new zealand party have come to realise that times have changed – and will drop their centrist ways before the upcoming election – and will seize the day /their opportunity – but i fear they won’t..)
Blairites and Clintonites must bring themselves to admit that ‘third way’ centrism is a relic of the past.
It has been over a week since the U.K. election that left the political establishment reeling in Britain and around the world.
And though Prime Minister Theresa May will remain in office — for now — Jeremy Corbyn was correct when he said last week that the election had ‘changed the face of British politics’.
The snap election that was supposed to have crushed Corbyn — and the Labour Party — once and for all has instead re-energized the British left – while throwing serious doubt on the Conservative Party’s future.
When Theresa May arrogantly called the election in April polls indicated that her Conservative Party would win by a historic landslide and the British press — which has been fiercely against Corbyn since he was elected as leader of the Labour Party two years ago — ran giddy headlines predicting the death of his party.
There was no doubt whether May and the Tories would win a majority – it was only a matter of how massive that majority would be.
But if we have learned anything over the past year with the election of U.S. President Donald Trump and the ‘Brexit’ referendum result last summer it is that absolutely nothing is certain in this populist age.
May was expected to ‘Crush the Saboteurs’ as the Daily Mail’s front page read after her announcement in April but instead she ended up crushing her own party – which lost its majority in the House of Commons after leading by more than 20 points just a month earlier.
Meanwhile the unconventional and ‘unelectable’ Corbyn who has been smeared and misrepresented by the British media for the past two years — and who has faced repeated mutinies within his own party — generated the highest turnout for a U.K. election since 1997 and won a larger share of the popular vote than Tony Blair did in 2005.
It was an even bigger upset than last year’s Brexit shocker.