UK Election Shows How To Take Power From the Left
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FEATURING LAURA FLANDERS – General elections held in the UK last week delivered a stunning defeat for incumbent Prime Minister Theresa May and her party with the loss of a significant number of seats in Parliament. May called a snap election on June 8th, hoping to capitalize on the Conservative Party’s majority in order to have a greater mandate to carry out Britain’s exit from the European Union. But the election has left the Tories with a far weaker political standing, thanks in large party to gains by the Labor Party.
Often referred to as the “Bernie Sanders of the UK,” progressive Labor party leader Jeremy Corbyn pushed his party to the left, and helped deliver the largest gains in Parliament in years. Now, Prime Minister May has been forced to form a coalition with the Democratic Unionist Party from Northern Ireland in order to form a government. But her position and that of her party’s remains extremely weak. What lessons can the left in other democratic countries take from the UK elections?
Laura Flanders, broadcast journalist, progressive activist, best selling author of BUSHWOMEN: Tales of a Cynical Species, and her earlier Blue GRIT: True Democrats Take Back Politics from the Politicians. She is also a contributing writer to The Nation and Yes! Magazine. The Laura Flanders show airs on Free Speech TV.