The Trump disaster and its implications for Labour
In a new Ephems blog post at http://www.barder.com/4810, “The Trump disaster and its implications for Labour”, I offer some impressions of the US presidential election following nearly three weeks in New York both before and immediately after the election, in an attempt to identify some of the factors leading to Donald Trump’s shocking success and Mrs Clinton’s alarming defeat (in the electoral college – she won the popular vote, of course). The article seeks to draw some lessons for the UK Labour party and suggests some factors that are common to the Corbyn, Brexit and Trump phenomena, warning that the wave of anti-Establishment anger that has helped to account for the success of all three, together with the rise of the far right across continental Europe, threatens to create a climate in which a 21st century version of fascism under new and unscrupulous leaders, perhaps in the Trump mould, could emerge and flourish. I argue from these reflections the importance of Labour strongly opposing any Bill to authorise an Article 50 notification: it’s far too early to give up on the effort to keep Britain in the EU where we belong.
An earlier, edited version of this post was published at the weekend on LabourList and can be read at http://bit.ly/2fhWAaI.
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Greetings from a dark wet wintry day in London
21 November 2016