Labour leads in opinion poll taken before Syria air strikes. The NEXT poll result should show how badly Theresa May has screwed up

Was this the reason Theresa May joined Donald Trump’s hugely ill-advised and provocative air strike against alleged chemical weapons sites in Syria? To give herself the proverbial “Falklands bounce” – an improved rating due to a successful overseas military operation – in the polls?

If so, she may be in for a huge surprise.

The latest poll, collected on April 11-12 and released yesterday (April 14) shows that, after weeks in which the Conservative Party’s puppet press has done all it can to rubbish the reputation of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, Mrs May was in serious trouble. Labour had gained the lead – and this was in a poll by ComRes, a company whose methodology is notoriously weighted against Labour (in comparison with the other pollsters).

The lead was only one per cent – well within the margin for error. But consider Susan’s comment, below:

We all know what happened at the general election, too – Labour’s share of the national vote increased by around 10 per cent, crushing the Conservatives’ slender majority at a time when Theresa May thought she would gain a crushing victory. So ComRes seemed to have made a huge mistake in its weightings – the assumptions it made about who would vote and how.

And the methodology hasn’t changed, as far as we know.

Meaning: Labour may have an absolutely enormous lead.

And it was into this atmosphere that Mrs May launched her attempt to become a military hero by allying herself with Donald Trump – an attempt that has backfired against her. For example, here’s a criticism of her decision to support the bombing of chemical weapons facilities:

That is an excellent point.

So in fact, if there were any chemical weapons in these places, Mrs May’s decision is likely to have spread them across Syria.

What a fool. Even if she hasn’t spread chemical weapons across a country, she has harmed ordinary people – and they won’t forget who did it.

Mrs May has tried to justify herself with statements protesting the accuracy of the air strikes, and the legitimacy of the action:

But we know better:

Mrs May took a decision not to recall Parliament early from its Easter recess and have a debate on whether to support Mr Trump’s plan for air strikes. In fact, we know that she deliberately chose to join the military action before Parliament could debate the matter – and now she is getting a verbal pasting for it:

Disgust is the only sane response – but Douglas Henshall (yes, as far as I know, the actor) went further:

He won’t be alone in that, after this weekend.

So let’s look forward to the first polls taken after this weekend; they may have huge ramifications for the future of the UK – and the rest of the world.

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