I have found the last couple of years in UK politics absolutely fascinating. Two referenda and seismic changes in the political landscape. Never did we need leadership more than right now. But where is it?
The coalition government basically wiped out the Liberal Democrats. This was something I found it impossible to shed a tear over because they should have been consigned ignominiously to the dustbin of political history years ago. They’ve been a damned nuisance splitting the Tory/Labour vote at every election I can remember and spouting the most unachievable bollocks because they knew they’d never get the chance to put it into practice.
Then the coalition happened and their wild ideas proved to be just that. Bye bye Liberal Democrats.
After that, there was the aftermath of the Scottish referendum and the rise and rise of the SNP. This didn’t really effect the Tories because they didn’t have any Scottish MPs anyway, but it decimated the Labour vote in 2015 and made it numerically impossible for the Labour Party to govern alone without a coalition with the SNP. So bye bye serious opposition.
And now it’s getting really silly. Never before can I remember a situation where both of the two major UK parties were holding a leadership contest at the same time. As for the Tories, Cameron was naive and foolish when he nailed his colours to a dodgy non-deal with the EU and promoted Project Fear. Anyone whose political judgement is that bad really shouldn’t be the Prime Minister and at least he had the good grace to step down, taking the idiot Osborne with him.
So Cameron has gone from looking so statesmanlike in 2010 when he invited the Lib Dems into government to looking like a complete moron. If he’d brought back the ‘deal’ and stayed aloof from the debate that followed as Wilson did in 1975, he’d still be Prime Minister. Bad call, Call Me Dave…
But all this pails into insignificance compared to the mess that’s Corbyn’s Labour Party. OK, Miliband was a union plant who failed to deliver and fell on his sword, but he looks like Winston Churchill compared to Corbyn.
Corbyn got the job because he’s a lefty bully boy put into place by the unions, who allowed thousands of ‘affiliate members’ to grab the right to vote for £3 a head paid for by the lefty unions. This is man who half heartedly supported a position he didn’t agree with in the referendum because he was told to do so by his union bosses. It’s reported that he even voted Leave but we’ll never know if that’s true.
This is a man who even after losing a no confidence vote just sticks up two fingers and carries on – a man who can’t even get the newly appointed members of his decimated shadow cabinet to stay in position for more than 72 hours.
And what’s the alternative? Angela Eagle. A woman who by way of comparison makes Adolf Hitler look like Nick Clegg with a moustache. A woman who was told by her constituency party to vote to support Corbyn or, like many of the others, face deselection by the lefties who have been parachuted into the CLPs to make sure everyone stays in line.
And in the midst of all this, the great unwashed are protesting that the oldies have sold their future down the river. That’s the same under 24 year olds of whom two thirds didn’t even bother to vote.
So here’s my prediction for what happens next. Corbyn will refuse to go and will be kept in place as the Captain of the Labour Titanic by the unions. As a result, he’ll be left with a hard core leftish rump in the house whilst his MPs defect in their droves to form a Democratic Labour Party under Hilary Benn. A good number of Tories may well join the fold.
This country will end up with no party able to form a government on it’s own and risks descending into an Italian style chaos system where nothing ever gets done. I sincerely hope I’m wrong, because if this country ever needed strong leadership, it’s right now.
And before you ask, I still think we were right to vote Leave…