Stunning local election results in Britain pave the way for what may well be the most important election in any western nation in living memory.
The European election is less than three weeks away, but this is not an election. It’s a referendum.
Knowing now what we know, the British people will have to decide whether to send fighters or olive branches to the European parliament.
Some say who they elect matters beyond Brexit. It doesn’t. The European parliament is not a proper parliament. It can’t even make laws. It’s an advisory body. Something with a great democratic deficit and in much need of reform.
“It was the worst performance by a governing party in local elections since 1995,” Sky News says of the conservative’s humiliating defeat in local elections.
They lost more than 1,000 councillors and 48 councils, down from 141 to 93. While Liberal Democrats (LibDems) gained by nearly as much in councillors.
Libdems are kind of what you’d call classic liberals. Sort of mid-way between Conservatives and Labour or Democrats and Republicans.
They like free markets, but they also like social tolerance. They don’t like state interference very much, but they also know when state intervention would be useful.
They were in government with the conservatives between 2010-2015, but their inability to keep their promise over tuition fees in their horse trading coalition agreement led to an arguably over-irrational severe and in many ways objectively unjustified punishment in the 2015 elections.
It is that irrational punishment that paved the way for Brexit because Cameron never thought he’d win a majority. He expected a coalition with LibDems again since they did govern fairly well during that period. He knew obviously LibDems would not allow a referendum.
He did however win a majority, very surprisingly, with libdems then decimated, unjustly for they did many good things within their constrains like raising the tax threshold to now circa $12,000 yearly earnings from what then was about $6,000 or so in addition to capital gain tax cuts and so on.
Thing is, millennials don’t like Republicans, or nazis in the extreme, and they don’t like Labour, or communists in the extreme. So you’re left with what in America they call libertarians. In Britain and Europe it is a watered down version of that and is more properly defined as classical liberal.
That is, pro free market, pro social tolerance, down with identity nonsense, up with lower taxes, up with helping the needy, down with pesky government noses, up with yellow.
Their rise is probably primarily due to a few things. Neither conservatives nor labour are currently appealing. Theresa May, the current Prime Minister, deported British citizens while she was home secretary. That’s inexcusable, in any shape or form, and tells you plenty about the government’s treatment of others who are not yet citizens but choose Great Britain as a land to build the future world.
While Labour has gone a bit too radical and most crucially, is no different than conservatives where the defining question of Europe is concerned for labour too wants out.
That means the libdems are the only party that still flies the European flag. Considering 48% of Britain voted for Brexit and pretty much all of them have no representation except through libdems, then this stunning election result should perhaps have been expected.
Yet they’re constantly dismissed, and even worse, they’re discriminated against. The BBC, for example, won’t have them on the weekly political show despite what is in many ways a shocking election result and the high waves for libdems.
The BBC is state run media, we should all remember, even if it is funded by a special tax and despite it claiming to be independent. Sometime it does very fine journalism, but more often it does also very subtly mouthpiece the running government.
They don’t matter, however. Britain is a highly educated country. This isn’t about the BBC, it’s not about libdems, conservatives, Farage, Corbyn, or anything else but whether now that we know what we know, should Britain stay or should Britain go.
To some new state of America? Become USA’s puppet even more than it is already? Or rule europa in a round table of equals with a veto among more equals?
Do they want to fight with Spain over Gibraltar while perhaps taking another Suez Canal, or do they want to keep both cousins happy in Arthur’s modern roundtable?
The decision is no longer heavy. It was in 2016 as at that time we were being assaulted in our streets almost daily. Yet the young and their memes successfully put an end to it.
The question is now whether that same – back then needed – reaction should continue to create and form a confrontational posture.
Because words can say what they like, but as soon as Britain is out, Britain becomes an outsider. A friend still of course, but not family.
Go vote. This time it matters and a lot. Go yellow. Change the system and turn the carouselo.
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