For 40 years, the Tories — along with New Labour — have sworn up and down that they support the NHS while surreptitiously hollowing it out. Last week, Jeremy Corbyn caught them red-handed, showing once again that the program will only be safe under a Labour government.
Dawn Foster is a Jacobin staff writer, a columnist for the Guardian, and the author of Lean Out.
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With their stance on Brexit and their refusal to partner with Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour in any post-election government, Britain’s Liberal Democrats are once again playing to their historic strengths: brazen opportunism and selling out their own voters.
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Boris Johnson has been backed into a corner. After promising to deliver Brexit, he’s instead been forced to ask the EU for yet another delay. Now he’s hurtling toward an election in which he will have to face the voters empty-handed. Meanwhile, Labour’s strategy is clear: refuse to fight the Brexit culture war and focus on the party’s radical vision for the future.
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