Magazine July 10, 2017, Issue

Prime Minister Corbyn?

Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the Labour party, waits to hear results from Britain’s general election, June 9, 2017. (Niklas Hallen/AFP/Getty Images)
He’s close, but don’t count on it

Jeremy Corbyn’s rise is a tale of strange accidents, unintended consequences, and long odds overcome. Corbyn was never supposed to become leader of a renewed British left wing; that role was expected to fall upon a more colorful figure, such as Tony Benn or Ken Livingstone. Corbyn was never supposed to become the leader of the Labour party; he accepted a nomination to run from a small group of left-wing colleagues only because it was his turn to represent their views. Bookies had him as a hundred-to-one long shot to win that contest. Yet he won.

After he won, Corbyn’s Labour-party

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LOST PRAYER A prayer well known and repeated, and repeated, the mind focused on the words, on the words, becomes an internal ceremony, with little room, and then no room for another thought; sooner or ...
Letters

Letters

Obergefell and Forced Labor With respect to Alexandra DeSanctis’s article “Religious Liberty after Obergefell” (June 12), it is surprising to me that no defendant has cited the 13th Amendment to the ...
The Week

The Week

‐ Can it be mere coincidence that Ossoff is a Russian name? ‐ In spite of the total lack of available information, a host of figures in the media were convinced ...

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