Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Admission of defeat

Poor old Jeremy Corbyn. If he's not getting vilified in the right-wing press, he's being undermined by those on the left. Len McCluskey, general secretary of Unite, has said he can't see Labour winning the election (for them to do so would be "extraordinary") and that the retention of "200 seats or so" would constitute success despite being the party's worst result since 1935.

Of course, those of us with no obligation to trumpet Labour's chances can agree (albeit gloomily) that McCluskey's prognosis is realistic. A shame, as Labour's manifesto is by and large impressive, with the party refusing to shy away from the need for tax increases to properly fund public services and reverse the Tories' austerity policy.

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