It is clear that the right wing and the Democratic party establishment in the US in the form of right-wingers Joe Biden and Pete Buttigieg and pretty much the entire media establishment will seize on the UK election results to argue that progressive policies have no future and that Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren should not be the Democratic nominee. They will also likely seize upon the tactics that the right wing used in the UK and try to smear at least Sanders with the idea that he coddles anti-Semites. Although that would require real contortions since he is the first Jewish candidate with a fighting chance of becoming president, we have seen that this will not stop the rabid right from attempting it. The process has already started with people trawling to find anything that can be used against him.
— Jordan (@JordanChariton) December 14, 2019
Weaponizing anti-Semitism has now become a standard tactic to attack anyone who advances progressive policies and even mildly criticizes Israeli policies or expresses concern at the plight of Palestinians in the occupied territories.
One of the greatest dangers to Jews around the world is the cynical weaponization, politicization and exploitation of anti-semitism accusations for cheap political ends – not just to place criticisms of Israel off-limits (though that, too) but also to advance partisan warfare: https://t.co/52vsB0xPpY
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) December 14, 2019
Jeremy Corbyn’s sons have blasted the vicious campaign of personal attacks against someone who has been a lifelong fighter for the rights of the underprivileged.
They described him as “honest, humble and good-natured” within a “poisonous world” of politics, and pointed towards “despicable attacks filled with hatred” as the reason for his undoing.
“He took on an entire establishment. This meant the attacks from all sides intensified and became even more poisonous while he was leader. We’ve never known a politician to be smeared and vilified so much,” they said.
“Jeremy has dedicated each day of his political life for the less fortunate amongst us. Unwaveringly, he has fought and campaigned for people who suffer and people in hardship.”
The brothers said that the defeat “hurt” but – despite the crumbling of Labour’s “red walls” – they believe the time is still to come for their father’s policies.
“To assume that the ideologies he stands for are now outdated is so wrong. In the coming years we will see that they are more important than ever,” they said. “Thank you to every person who saw his vision and supported it and supported him. From the three proudest sons on the planet, please continue the fight.”
Corbyn also issued a statement in which he warned of what lay ahead for the country.
He said he was “obviously very sad at the result we’ve achieved and very sad for colleagues who have lost their seats in the election and very sad for many people in this country who will now have a government that is continuing policies of austerity, and many of the poorest communities will suffer very badly from the economic strategy that I suspect the prime minister will take forward”.
Let us see how Boris Johnson navigates the gaps between what he promised voters, that he would reduce austerity policies, spend more on public services, pass tax cuts for the working poor, and enact a higher minimum wage (all this because of pressure from the Labour party and Corbyn that pushed for these popular policies), and what he does to please his wealthy backers and the Trump administration.
Expect an avalanche of lies.