Britain: Splitting at the Seams

Labor's right-wingers threaten to bolt the party

After months of fierce ideological battles between left and right, Britain's Labor Party started to split at the seams.

Last week, following a new row, several senior, right-of-center Laborites all but quit the party to form a new, potentially powerful alliance of the center. The immediate provocation: a naked, and successful, power grab by Labor's radical left that gives it control over the selection of the party leader—potential Prime Minister—and effectively over future Labor government policies.

The latest in the left's stunning victories pushed Labor closer to...

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