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…


6 responses to “Leadership

  1. Have you seen that the Scottish national socialists now want to be the official Westminster opposition, despite having no seats in England or Wales?

  2. BTW a government that is unable to do anything is a benefit, not a bug…

  3. rapscallion

    You’re slipping Dioclese. Nowhere did I see the phrase “Conservative/UKIP coalition” With the DimLibs dead and buried, Labour ineffectual, SNP only in Jockland, the working classes have been increasingly turning to UKIP. Just under 1 million in 2010 to 4 million in 2015.

    Brexit was always the best idea – staying in is an act on insanity.

    • Regrettably it’s not really possible to form a coalition with a party that only has one MP. I would certainly support contributions from the UKIP membership on the team of negotiators. Farage would put the fear of Christ up them – but will the new Tory leader be bold enough to use him? I doubt it unfortunately.

      I don’t think there will be a General election any time soon but I expect UKIP to do somewhat better in 2020 especially in the Labour heartlands. I am, incidentally, a UKIP member and proud of what has been achieved, but I also need to inject some reality into the situation!

      There’s an excellent piece on John Redwood’s site this morning about access to the single market which seems to have been produced in response, partly at least, to questions I put to him yesterday in the comments. See :

  4. Gove chucking his hat in to the race signals that Boris is turning traitor. He must be watched like a hawk and is quickly losing my support. Andrea Leadsom was fantastic in the debates but is not strong enough unfortunately.

  5. Stonyground

    “BTW a government that is unable to do anything is a benefit, not a bug…”

    Normally I would agree with you on this one LR but just at present there is one very important job to be done.