Well, this is a surprise.
A lot of people think Theresa May and the Conservatives will crush Labour and the hapless Jeremy Corbyn.
But I have to say this: if this were Canada we were talking about, voters would all be complaining about how opportunistic this was, and how the election was unnecessary and a waste of money, and then they would boot the government out and put in people who would end up ruining things anyway.
Truly, this is another situation of “not again!” for U.K. voters, who already had one election two years ago, and then a Brexit referendum! Who knows what the real motivations are for this — whether this is to crush Brexit dissenters, or what. But this surely reminds me of what happened in Alberta with Jim Prentice.
We’ll see what transpires, but I would be cautious yet about accepting the conventional wisdom that it will be a Tory romp. We have seen some very strange elections all over the world lately. Heck, look at France and the motley cast of characters running there for President right now!
What a week, folks. Prime Minister Theresa May kicked off festivities today by outlining her plan for Britain’s clean break from the European Union, and it will end Friday with Donald Trump, Mr. “Impose-tariffs-on-everyone”, being sworn in as President of the United States.
For pro-Europe people in the U.K., and pro-free-trade people everywhere, this is surely a week where all you want to do is go to the bathroom and throw up.
What concerns me is that PM May now wants to completely scrap membership in the single market, which I worry goes too far. I honestly think that when Britain voted to leave, all that most voters really wanted was to get rid of Brussels and all their stupid rules and regulations! They want Britain to have more control over their affairs, that’s what the “silent majority” preferred. But scrap the single market completely? Not even the sort of arrangement like what Norway has going, for instance?
As for her intentions to negotiate a free-trade agreement with the EU in its place, I can tell you right now, the negotiations are going to be painful. But if they do end up with a deal that is in any way, shape or form like what we currently have in North America with NAFTA, then freedom of movement around Europe is going to be very difficult. It’s total red tape here, even with free trade! Good luck trying to move around or take jobs in the rest of Europe!!
Anyway, this whole thing still has to get through Parliament. Surely, hopefully, there will be some brave pro-trade Tories who will buck the party line and try and impose some common sense in the House of Commons so that Britons won’t be sold totally down the river by whatever happens. Then again, it is British voters who sold themselves down the river in the first place when they voted for this chaos last year.
“The people are always right in a democracy!” Right.
Theresa May is the new Conservative leader after her rival Andrea Leadsom withdrew from the leadership race. So that’s it, May officially becomes Prime Minister when David Cameron officially hands over power on Wednesday, much sooner than expected.
This entire leadership race took less than three weeks, from start to finish — the Brexit vote had been on June 23 — and yet compare that to Canadian leadership races that last for several months! Then there are the Democrats and Republicans in the USA, and their races for the Presidential nomination last over a year, at least. You have to admit, when it comes to politics the British sure are efficient.