Here’s an interesting take on the council elections:
Former Conservative MEP David Campbell-Bannerman commented,
“It was MP self-preservation that got rid of Boris; they thought they’d be better off without him. And now it’s going to be MP self-preservation getting him back again … We’re well adrift.
Oh my goodness, that’s a nightmare scenario – but I certainly hope the Tories go for it.
If they decide to oust Sunak (and I wouldn’t blame them!) then there would be yet another long hold-up while they hold another leader election, which would probably be good for the nation because it would stop the Tories doing us more harm – for a while, at least.
And if they try to bring Boris Johnson back – well, first of all he still has to clear himself of the charges of misleading Parliament that the Commons Privileges Committee is adjudicating…
And then there’s the fact that the voting public absolutely hates him for letting 200,000 of us die, many alone, while he raved it up in Downing Street.
But here’s a thing: the article on which I’ve drawn for the above suggests that Labour would need a big swing in its favour in order to win a general election – and that’s not likely, based on the recent performance of Keir Starmer’s party.
But we don’t know what’s going to happen. January 2025 – the latest a general election can take place – is still a long way away.
Perhaps the return of Boris Johnson is exactly what Labour needs to claim that victory.
But then – do we want a Labour Party in power with Keir Starmer and his might-as-well-be-Tories at the helm?
The article states that another term of Tory rule would cause enormous damage:
We are already seeing the sharpest fall in living standards since records began, failing public services, an economy which is drifting further and further behind what used to be our peers and an erosion of human rights we always took for granted. If Max Hastings is right that the UK is already seen as ridiculous, we risk being seen as horrific.
I agree with that. But when Starmer’s lieutenants dismiss out-of-hand any possibility of repealing the harsh, anti-democratic laws of the current Tory government, meaning they will remain in place to be worsened to extremis by the next one that comes along (whenever that may happen), then I don’t see a Labour government being better.
The only hope I see is a sharp increase in tactical voting, and a sharp increase in awareness among current non-voters of what is at stake.
I wonder if that will happen, though, because as a nation, the UK does have a habit of avoiding topics of conversation that might make other people uncomfortable.
But you need to ask yourself whether the short-term comfort of not upsetting someone is worth the long-term loss of everything that makes your life worth living.
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