Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour party has confounded sceptics, even in the so-called British liberal media, by putting up a strong showing in the UK general election.
Critics who had labelled him as “unelectable” and mocked him relentlessly now have to eat humble pie. Labour posted strong gains, increasingly its share of the popular vote by 10 per cent to 40 per cent, just behind the Conservatives’ 42 per cent.
Although the Tories lead Labour by 318 to 261 seats, it is a hung Parliament, with no single party able to command a parliamentary majority on its own. UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservatives lost their parliamentary majority – ironically in an election she called much earlier than she had to in a bid to increase that majority.
Before the elections, Labour under Corbyn had trailed far behind in opinion polls, and few expected the party to do well given the hostile media barrage against him. Yet, Corbyn defied the odds and Labour put up a robust showing. Not bad for someone who was once a 100-1 outsider to take over the Labour party leadership.
A real alternative
How did Corbyn’s Labour do it? Chiefly by presenting a real alternative to the policies of the Conservatives. Labour focused on tackling wide income inequality in British society and reversing the neoliberal trend and the damage it has caused. Full article in Aliran website