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Britain’s future: C-o-n-s-e-r-v-a-t-i-v-e

Britain’s Labour Party virtually has assured that Conservatives will hold on to the prime ministership and Parliament for some time to come with the selection of uber-leftist Jeremy Corbyn as its new leader. And it’s easy to see why.

Mr. Corbyn, 66, is a child of the kind of 1960s radicalism whose populism seemed so sweet at the time but left such a horridly bitter aftertaste of failure. And he is a product of what leftists do best (or worst) — double down on failure; his rise to power follows disastrous May elections, one of Labour’s worst showings in decades.

As Steven Erlanger writes in The New York Times, Corbyn is “a professed man of the ‘hard left’ who believes that the Labour Party must return to its roots and fight inequality in all its forms.”

Think “social justice” writ large. And think naiveté writ larger: Three years ago, Corbyn advocated for Britain to abolish its armed forces.

All of this presents a grand opportunity for Conservatives to maintain their reign and strengthen their ruling majority. Prime Minister David Cameron, who won a second five-year term in May, will not seek a third term and has indicated he will not serve out this term. That means second-in-command George Osborne is the odds-on favorite to succeed Mr. Cameron.

Some pundits have opined that Jeremy Corbyn’s ascension is the perfect opportunity for Conservatives to capture “centrist” Brits. While that might be politically astute, Conservatives, firmly in power, would find it far more astute to practice their conservatism without such distraction or dilution.

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