by Benjamin Sanders
August 19th 2019
The silly season is well and truly underway, with the media doing all they can to find stories to fill their websites and 24 hour news coverage. However, as with many of these stories, there is a grain of truth to them. Probably the most worrying development is the alignment of Remainer Tories with the Liberal Democrats and the Labour Party, and what this means for British politics in general. More specifically though, the rumour circulating that Jo Swinson, the leader of the Libdems, is currently planning to form a ‘caretaker administration’ with Jeremy Corbyn and the likes of Ken Clarke should be seen as a sign of things to come.
Currently, Boris Johnson is simply using up borrowed time in order to get as much done during the summer recess as he possibly can without Parliament. When parliament returns on the 3rd September, he is going to face an almighty task. Not only will he have to navigate his first party conference season as Prime Minister, but he will also have to get through parliament on a day to day basis with a majority of just one. However, practically speaking, he doesn’t actually have a majority at all, because many of his own MPs disagree with his flagship no-deal Brexit policy. Theresa May faced the same scenario with her own Brexit deal, but that was nothing compared to what is going on now.
If the Liberal Democrats, Labour, the SNP and Tory remainers did form a caretaker government, there can be no doubt that they would cancel Brexit. They would either try to do this through a 2nd referendum or by simply pushing the leave date so far into the future that it became irrelevant. The manifestos of the 3 major parties that are currently out of government are quite frankly a nightmare scenario for Britain. Whilst the SNP wants to ‘redistribute farming estates among the people’ (even if they have no experience of farming), and want another independence referendum, the Libdems hinted a couple of days ago that they wanted to stop female criminals from going to prison. Meanwhile, Labour is intent on the nationalisation of many industries and is also determined to expand the ‘public sector equalities duty’ to the private sector. This would mean that all companies, however big or small, would have to bend their operations, including employment opportunities, to suit the needs of minorities and disabled people – whether it is practical for them to do so or not.
But what all 3 of these parties will bring the most is the insufferable political correctness and diversity agenda already so endemic in our society. This was clearly illustrated a few days ago by their probable ally Leanne Wood, the former leader of Plaid Cymru, who currently sits in the Welsh Assembly. Not only did she throw her support behind the violent far-left group Antifa, she then in a reply equated their thuggery to Allied troops storming the beaches on D-Day.
It would be interesting to see how an unelected Remainer government would fair over time. They certainly couldn’t win at the ballot box, but they would have a majority in the House of Lords, which in turn would shield them from losing office until the next general has to take place in 2022. What is clear is that many people in the Conservative party are becoming complacent, thinking that the continual policy announcements by the new administration is a sign of political strength and longevity – (it’s not!). If anything, it’s a desperate attempt to gain sympathy and support before the new government is forced into an impossible situation in September.
Storm clouds are gathering for Boris, and he needs to find a way of successfully navigating through them.