The final countdown has began in the most closely watched political race for a British generation.
The stakes: war and peace itself. The decision on suspense with most probably still not sure which way to go, but Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of Labour, is once more getting the young to sing his name.
Undermined and underestimated, this man of steel now stands a real chance at being the next British Prime Minister.
Heads turned when the above poll was revealed. The huge jump of five points showed something has changed. And what is that something?
For starters, the conservative manifesto is arguably the most unconservative manifesto since this generation can remember.
It has nothing for business, nothing to get innovation going, but plenty about labour areas. Investing in NHS, investing in infrastructure, spend, spend, spend in a half hearted way.
Any independent looking at it would wonder: well, if they copying labour, why not go with the ones that actually mean it.
Second, there is real concern Boris Johnson might interfere with judicial independence, the last bedrock of freedom.
While in America the executive and the judiciary are sort of mixed with judges there being elected and politically appointed, so having congress as the only real balancing of power, in the United Kingdom the executive and parliament are usually merged into one, with the judiciary alone providing some balance of power.
To any conservative leaning voter, the business well to do class, the independence of the judiciary is as sacrosanct as the NHS is to pensioners.
The judiciary alone has stood up to the over-reach of the government in the past two decades. The government playing with any of that in any way whatever is very dangerous ground.
Third, the mindless murder of two fine innocent young Brits is a reminder to us all that we still are sort of at war.
The revelations that came out of it, his release from prison just months ago and the like, obviously leads many to suspect this was the government trying to score a cheap point.
That raises the question of whether Boris Johnson can be trusted with our security or whether he would “sell” our young without a thought for whatever aim he might have on foreign policy.
On that area, the conservative manifesto has nothing to say. Does Boris like China? Does he like Russia? Does he like Arabia? Does he have a view on Central Africa? Does he even have a foreign policy?
Fourth, Boris’ interview with Andrew Marr is a most painful twenty minutes of political history that leaves one utterly frustrated at the idea their own leader has so little regard for them that he cares not to inform even in the slightest the watching public.
There are huge questions for the future of Britain, and the many busy men and women expect them to be answered when once in a while they find the time to watch such programs where they are answered. His complete failure to do so shows disregard and perhaps even contempt for his own people.
Fifth, the suspension of parliament hangs over all this. That act shook to the core independents who instantly began wondering just who exactly is this man, whether the surface is deceiving.
To overcome that you’d expect considerable effort on the part of Boris Johnson, but so far he appears to only cross his fingers and hope he wins by default. That too says a lot about him and about this swing in polls.
This is the first time Labour has polled at 35% since before the Libdem surge. A surge that is now waining because they’ve lowered their ambitions to take actual power, and have settled instead for potentially being king makers.
The problem is, if they are king makers, they have said they will make neither Corbyn nor Boris “king.” So a vote for them is basically a vote for cancelling the election, turning UK into Berlusconi’s Italy, and we all know what Berlusconi did to Italy.
Many obviously will point their fingers at plenty others, but, who is in charge matters and can matter decisively.
So with Libdems now out of the picture, Corbyn is seemingly surging and not as just a anti-Boris, but a for-Corbyn.
He has a huge base of supporters who deeply believe in him and who fought tooth and nail against the labour “establishment,” not once, nor even twice, and unlike Sanders, they won and won completely.
You don’t just get the people to sing your name without having something quite appealing. His appeal? A man of peace.
Where this space is concerned we can tolerate many things for his offer of a Citizens’ Assembly. Obviously just what sort, how it is setup, when, and much else, remain open questions, but the prospects we can get this peacefully can be sufficient to ignore much else.
Once ordinary people are in the Assembly without the pressure of “elections” or sophisticated corruption we call “donations” then the rest doesn’t matter since they get a say in it.
And once we have this Assembly in Britain, we can more easily get it in USA too, and so get rid of the discriminatory Securities Act.
At stake is everything, for this is not just an election, it’s a revolution, whichever way it goes.
If it goes conservative Britain will be held under the terror of no deal for another year at least amid tense negotiations led by someone who has interfered with European institutions by not nominating a European Commissioner.
Even the slightest hint of any tension between Britain and Europe is too much for independents who see the greatest peace project for centuries.
Britain may not wish to be part of it because markets broke the Bank of England and prevented it from joining the euro, which is fine, but acting like a tough guy towards our neighbors and cousins is not fine.
That’s just the beginning. The helplessness of a Britain without friends has clearly been shown in their whimsical response to the calls for freedom in Hong Kong, or their snubbing for long by US in regards to the diplomat accident.
Europe stood up for UK when one of their resident was poisoned, and quite a few of their citizens. Do we really want to risk Europe not standing up for Britain and vice versa?
The politicians have their games, but the people have to. These are not just questions, these can be existential questions.
It is France taking charge now in Mali, in this space in regards to ICOs, in flying the flag of liberalism. All the best to them, but, where is Britain?
Would it break up? Scotland out, Northern Ireland out, the best fleeing perhaps to Amsterdam? London becoming the was?
These are serious questions and they have to be answered. If they are not answered, then why shouldn’t one assume the very worst.
This skull worshiper of the Bullingdon Club is meant to present his vision to the country, not give us twenty minutes of shouting in our ear for the pleasure of giving him a hearing at all.
If labour wins instead then it’s a pendulum swing and not just for Britain. After decades of a race to the bottom where taxing the very rich is concerned, the taxing of them would begin.
Unlike the continuity of Boris Johnson where the economy and the like is concerned, Labour would be a significant change from the Washington Consensus and the like.
A labour Britain would be a very different Britain and just what sort of Britain is difficult to say.
There’s plenty to like. Those earning more than £40,000 do pay more than those earning £20,000, so why shouldn’t those earning more than £80,000 pay more than those earning £40,000.
Why should the tax band on many things end at the end of the middle class? Whether inheritance, capital gains, house taxes, or anything else, why do they all end at the “ordinary” bracket that includes the vast majority, and makes the very rich pay no more.
Why does it appear everytime money has to be raised it’s the most regressive tax, like on fuel or metro prices, that gets pushed up?
That’s especially when people like Bezos say they have so much money, they don’t know what to do with it. Well, millions of Brits have so little that they still have to give in some cases even half of it in taxes to maintain the security, infrastructure, and the like, that has the Bezos – and their wives – enjoy the too much money they have.
As an internationalist and a sceptic on Europe Corbyn can probably be trusted by both sides, not that anyone even cares about that anymore as it’s obvious whether in or out, there would have to be some arrangement because euro and pound.
So in the end perhaps he actually played smart with that fence sitting, making this man a very interesting one, on the surface.
There’s still days to go however, and regardless of what is said above or what bias might be perceived, frankly, we do still remain undecided.
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