This video from the USA about Britain sdays about itself:
9 June 2017
“Among the many satisfying outcomes of Britain’s general election has been the roll call of pundits reeling out apologies for getting it so wrong. The Labour Party has, against all odds, surged to take a 40 percent share of the vote, more than it has won in years. And so the nation’s commentariat, who had confidently thought that the party under Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership would be wiped off the political map, are now eating giant slices of humble pie.
Nobody is in politics to gloat. Labour’s leadership team and supporters alike want the party to win not for the sake of winning, but in order to bring Labour’s economic and social agenda to Britain, to measurably improve people’s lives. Still, a little schadenfreude is definitely in order.
Mr. Corbyn, from the left of the party, unexpectedly took its helm in 2015 after a rule change allowed, for the first time, rank-and-file members to have an equal vote for their leader. And he has been ridiculed, dismissed and bemoaned ever since. Cast as an incongruous combination of incompetent beardy old man and peacenik terrorist sympathizer, Mr. Corbyn faced down a leadership challenge from his own party about a year ago and constant sniping, criticism and calls for him to quit throughout.”
Read more here.
THERESA MAY’S election gamble “spectacularly backfired,” Scottish trade unionists said yesterday as they added to the chorus demanding she quits: here.
BRITAIN’S youth vote played a huge part in Labour’s general election gains, statistics showed yesterday: here.
May’s former aide reveals ‘dysfunctional’ set-up at No 10. ‘We would sit there and hear Fiona come up with ideas that were, quite frankly, crazy – and we would say nothing’: here.
Saturday 10th June 2017
Frances O’Grady – TUC General Secretary
This election was about bread and butter issues — what needs to change for ordinary working people. The next government must deliver a new deal for working people. They should implement popular policies from the campaign — like banning zero-hours contracts, pushing up the minimum wage and delivering a long overdue pay rise for nurses, midwives and all public servants.
Dave Ward – CWU General Secretary
The election result heralds a change in the balance of forces in UK politics and there is no going back for Labour. Jeremy Corbyn and the leadership team deserve enormous credit for their resilience and for putting together a superb manifesto and campaign that brought Labour back home to working class people.
Millions of voters supported policies that just two years ago were condemned as fringe ideas — renationalising the railways, scrapping student debt, building new homes. Jeremy Corbyn has shifted the political debate decisively in favour of working-class people by working towards what is fair and just. It seems that the Tory Party’s austerity agenda may have had its day.
Mick Cash – RMT General Secretary
This election has sent out the clearest possible message that the British people have rejected the Tory programme of cuts, austerity, privatisation and division. Despite Theresa May and her allies throwing the full weight of the Establishment machine at Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party the electorate have seen through that barrage of negativity and have voted in their droves for Labour’s socialist manifesto.
This video from the USA says about itself:
Bernie Sanders congratulates Corbyn on big win
9 June 2017
Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn, who is often seen as former US presidential candidate Bernie Sanders‘ UK counterpart, got a call from the Vermont senator Thursday night, congratulating him on Labour’s victory in the snap election. RT America’s Anya Parampil analyzes the larger trends of political leaders in the US and the UK vying to create a resurgence of progressive politics in their respective countries.
By Lamiat Sabin in Britain:
Saturday 10th June 2017
But rival-in-the-wings Johnson refuses to talk to the media
JOHN McDONNELL retained his Commons seat yesterday after attracting more than 31,796 votes — up from 26,843 in the 2015 general election.
The shadow chancellor remains MP for Hayes and Harlington after receiving 66.5 per cent of the vote, 38 per cent more than the Tory who was his closest challenger.
He said it has been “the greatest honour of [his] life” to represent the constituency in which he lives.
In Mr McDonnell’s victory speech, he derided Theresa May for calling a snap election after denying that there would be one and attacked her for ignoring the underfunding of the NHS and the growing pressure placed on nurses in the fifth-richest country in the world.
Behind him on stage, defeated Tory candidate Greg Smith shook his head while the shadow chancellor also spoke about the schools funding crisis and cuts to police numbers.
“The refusal of Theresa May to debate the real issues while claiming the snap election was about Brexit — despite having no actual plan for it — has also led to the Tories’ diminished support,” he added.
Mr Smith was booed and branded “a sore loser” by some of those present after he likened Labour’s widely popular costed manifesto and hugely successful campaign to Mao Zedong’s Little Red Book and Karl Marx’s Capital.
Boris Johnson also kept his seat in nearby Uxbridge and South Ruislip with a roughly 5,000-vote majority over Labour challenger Vincent Lo.
Mr Johnson arrived without fanfare and stood in the vote count area that was closed off to journalists until the results were about to be announced, in marked contrast to Mr McDonnell, who was surrounded by an eager crowd of reporters and supporters when he entered the building.
The Foreign Secretary — who is rumoured to be vying to replace Ms May as Tory leader after her decision to call an early general election backfired — stood with his back to the media area for more than half an hour, leading many journalists to believe that he was doing this on purpose to avoid being questioned or pictured.
Though the hacks may have been unhappy at their treatment by Mr Johnson, many other people would surely be glad to see the back of him.