Response to Bagehot-Economist – If Labour won’t stand up for Remain voters, it’s time for a new party

English: Big Ben in London, England, United Ki...

English: Big Ben in London, England, United Kingdom (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I agree with Bagehot’s Notebook  in the Economist that it’s probably time for a new political party to regain the central ground in the UK. As to my bias, I’ve been a one-national conservative all my life.

It’s looks like the Labour Party is signing up record numbers of far-left supporters who will no doubt support Jeremy Corbyn. For me, the conclusion is clear, the traditional Labour Party has been hijacked by the far-left. So unless Corbyn is removed and the Blairists gain sway again, the Labour Party will not fight for the 48%.

I support Theresa May for Conservative Party leader because it’s time for a safe pair of hands to unite party, country and deal properly with European allies. By comparison, Andrea Leadsom is a light-weight. If Leadsom is chosen purely because she supported Brexit, then the risk of a hard-landing for the UK multiply. For some symbolism, Big Ben  was only stopped for 24 hours in the WWII blitz.

As for a new party, it depends whether it comes from the centre-left or the center-right but here’s a strawman check-list: world-class politicians and statesmen (Blair, Cameron, Osborne level), heavy-hitting media sponsorship, like say Rupert Murdoch, a financial war-chest, big ticket fund-raisers and sponsors, outstanding social media penetration, cross-party appeal.

The safe option would be for May leading a broad-church Conservative Party cabinet, ideally with some Blairite heavy hitters, with Leadsom as Chancellor and overall responsibility for Brexit negotiations leading a team of experts.

One response

  1. Of the choices available which are uninspiring, May seems the better choice so I concur with Dr Alf’s diagnosis and his Strawman.

    Corbyn and his “Red Guard” will be happy enough in a highjacked Labour Party and a new left of centre party needs to be created to accommodate all the Labour MPs who have abandoned Corbyn.

    That said there is an opportunity for radical reform, with House of Lords abolition and replacement, a clearout of all but 200 of the MPs, a slimmed down Monarchy and some dramatic public sector reform.

    Gove, the backstabber, said one true thing in his speech which was that there could no longer be “business as usual”, so if it is to be Mrs May, then we need to see her put on an “Ironman suit” complete with jetpack and start to modernise the country and have the very necessary tough conversations that are needed much faster than has been the case up to now.

    This, and lowering of Corporation tax, is necessary to make us more competitive and reduce the ill effects of “hard landings” and the loss of Corporation tax revenue to the Dublin Financial District.

    Very soon the EU Army will become a reality, along with a 4th bailout for Greece, a bailout for Italy, support for Portugal,TTIP and a further migrant crisis triggered by Turkey who is anxious to join the EU and has threatened to open the floodgates if their application to join does not happen fast enough. Cameron, Merkel and Tusk got no safeguards when they concluded their deal with Erdogan who is in “the box seat”.

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