A lot has been made of the fact that Labour under Corbyn gained a lot of votes in the June 2017 election, enough that some think the party has full victory (in the sense of an overall majority) in its grasp. I wanted to look at some comparative figures, so compiled the following chart of votes (not seats) and percentages in each UK election since 1979:So Labour under Corbyn did well, gaining 3.6m votes, but the Tories under May did even better.
Last week Anna Bull published a response (‘Towards Cultural Democracy’, July 10, 2017) to the range of responses on this blog (‘Response to Stella Duffy on the arts, elitism, communities’, July 6, 2017) to an article in the Guardian by Stella Duffy (‘Excellence in the arts should not be defined by the metropolitan elite’, June 30, 2017). I and several other writers wanted to respond to Bull’s arguments, especially where they refer to specific points each of us have made. The replies are below.
@HPluckrose I would say it has actually moved to the right, and the postmodern pseudo-left are part of that phenomenon. How many of those people do you hear talking about organised labour and workers’ control?
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