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There Is an Alternative

As the euphoria of a victorious defeat subsides, there is a sense of determination within Labour ranks as well as a degree of real hope among those in the broader electorate who wish to see Tory rule and austerity come to an end sooner rather than later. The way ahead will not be easy, not least because of the still very deep divisions of Brexit both within the Labour Party and beyond.

On the morning of 9 June 2017, many progressive people in Britain woke up with a familiar sense of dread. The memories of 24 June and 9 November 2016 were still fresh in our minds. On both those occasions, the opinion polls had been wrong in calling it, in the first instance, for a Remain vote in Britain’s referendum on membership of the European Union (EU) and, in the case of the United States (US), indicating that while it would be close, Hillary Clinton, rather than Donald Trump would win the presidential race. I was, therefore, not placing my faith in the exit polls of the previous night which had suggested that the snap election called by British Prime Minister Theresa May would result in Britain’s Conservative government losing its majority.

A Gulp of Fresh Air

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