John Robson: The left keeps losing because it’s lost a sense of loyalty

Why can’t the left win elections? This question was raised in Monday’s National Post in a Bloomberg News piece by Leonid Bershidsky. And I think the answer is that it has a loyalty problem.

There are other possible explanations, of course. Including denying the premise and saying it can win, from Justin Trudeau in 2015 to the U.S. Democrats in the 2018 House elections. But as Bershidsky notes, the left is on the ropes in Europe, where among other failures the French Socialist party got crushed by an empty suit named Emmanuel Macron who now seems to be losing to nobody at all, while Germany’s Social Democrats are fading even as their chief adversary, Angela Merkel, does the same.

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