As I noted in a blogpost at the time, , Britain’s Liberal Democrats got pasted in the local government and referendum election held May 5. Read More
Britain voted yesterday, and the key issue was a referendum on “alternate voting,” a change from the first-past-the-post method of electing members of Parliament. The idea is that you would cast a first-choice vote and then a second-choice vote, with the latter being added to the former if no candidate gets an absolute majority. Read More
We Americans may have declared our independence from Britain in 1776, but there are still similar rhythms in British and American politics. Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan both came to power amid the ruins of the 1970s and restored their nations' economies and spirits in the 1980s. Bill Clinton and Tony Blair both developed "third-way" politics that transformed unelectable leftist parties into center-left political colossuses in the 1990s. Read More
Left parties are in trouble in the Anglosphere. Here in America Democrats are doing worse in the polls than at any time in the last 50 years. In Britain the Labor party is on the brink of finishing third, behind both Conservatives and Liberal Democrats, in the election next Thursday.
All of which raises the question: What happened to the "third way" center-left movement that once seemed to sweep all before it? Read More