Analysis: The real reason Democrats should study the UK election

Stephen Collinson of CNN –

The Labour Party’s wipeout in Britain’s election spelled out an undeniable warning to Democrats over the potential dangers of tracking too far to the left of more moderate national electorates.

But it also highlighted a more profound parallel in the often synergistic US and UK politics that potentially poses longer-term threats to progressive parties: culturally and politically, they have lost touch with their heartland working-class voters — the very people they were set up to represent.

The most significant warning for Democrats from Jeremy Corbyn’s disaster may be that when a party gets consumed by its own ideological debate, it risks losing sight of subtle changes in its own base.


About Radnor Reports

Ken Feltman is past-president of the International Association of Political Consultants and the American League of Lobbyists. He is retired chairman of Radnor Inc., an international political consulting and government relations firm in Washington, D.C. Known as a coalition builder, he has participated in election campaigns and legislative efforts in the United States and several other countries.
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