by T.J. Coles
After the shock and the grief comes reflection. After reflection comes renewed determination. But under Britain’s sham of a democracy, the public won’t get the chance to remove the vile creature put into No. 10 by 14 million or so voters for at least five years; and even then, a government has the legal right to seek a general election prior to the five-year period if it is doing well in the public opinion polls, effectively giving itself long-term reign. The defeated Labour party’s forthcoming decision will be fateful.
With Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership position now untenable, will the party members elect another Blairite (i.e., someone to the right of the party and the voting public) amid the media clamor of “we told you so,” in reference to Corbyn’s dangerous “radicalism” (read: centrism). Or will they elect a Corbynista to lead the party into the next general election and stick to the principles of democratic-socialism, at least to a degree?
Labour’s electoral performance was disastrous. It dropped around 7 percent in the vote share compared to the previous 2017 election, putting Labour back to the hopeless 2015 era when the party was led by the Blairite, Ed Miliband. But due to Britain’s sham democratic institutions, this year’s 7 percent drop in vote-share gives Labour the smallest number of relative Parliamentary seats since 1935.
So, what happened?
There 66 million people living in Britain, of which 47.5 million are eligible to vote. Turnout in this election was 67.3 percent, meaning that around 32 million Brits, or under of half the entire population, voted. Of those 32 million voters, 43.6 percent or nearly 14 million voted for Boris Johnson. A mere 33.2 percent or just over 10 million people, voted for Corbyn’s Labour party. Why did voters decisively reject a progressive government dedicated to giving them power and justice and, instead, hand a blank check to an administration that will embed fiscal austerity, continue the privatization of the National Health Service, impose draconian anti-union laws, give the executive power over the judiciary, and sell the last vestiges of the UK out to giant American corporations in a “free trade” deal?
The Brits have just committed suicide and opened the road for a second Trump term
Already started: US liberal media immediately begin campaign to exploit Corbyn's heavy defeat and use it against Bernie Sanders