It was a long, bitter, and high risk fight, but Prime Minister Boris Johnson deserves a lot of credit for his dice roll in the UK in an election that will have implications far and wide. This is a big deal in many more ways than Brexit. Anyone who looks at these results in Britain must admit that the left is in retreat–Labor hasn’t had this few seats in Parliament since the mid-1930s and the Tories won seats in Labor-dominated districts for the first time since the founding of the party over a century ago. Granted, Jeremy Corbyn is a poor candidate as a personality to lead the left, but his policies are worse. And let’s also be honest–Boris Johnson is no Margaret Thatcher, but that’s not what is needed right now, and it seems he has enough of her conservative instincts and intuition to adopt broad based policies (with the usual middle class largesse) to gather support that might just preserve the surprise majorities that flipped from Labor this time. For even though this could be considered a one-issue election, if one looks closely, it reflected more of the nationalist conservatism (not an oxymoron) that brought Trump to power. Corbyn had no clue. And this, my Democrat friends, is the message from Britain to the hard left in your party for 2020–your stuff doesn’t sell.
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