The Guardian view on the 2017 general election: a poll that Britain does not need | Editorial | Opinion | The Guardian

The Guardian editorial is worth a read. It argues that Theresa May’s wish for an early general election is a U-turn that is bad for politics. But it cautions that the voters must not give her a blank cheque on the Brexit terms.

Source: The Guardian view on the 2017 general election: a poll that Britain does not need | Editorial | Opinion | The Guardian

The decision is quite revealing. It tells us that Theresa May is an opportunist and a gambler like her predecessor David Cameron. It confirms that the Tory right have been increasing pressuring the government for their own agenda. The period up to 2020 is now thought to be particularly hard negotiating with European partners.

Most significantly, May is looking for a larger majority so that she effectively becomes less accountable to parliament and the British people, with the Guardian comparing her to Erdogan’s bid for increased power. For example, with a stronger Conservative majority, May will look for a blank cheque from the people and try to wriggle out of a second referendum to ratify the actual Brexit terms that’s she’s negotiated. We can expect the general election to highlight the weaknesses in the UK’s party political system. It will be interesting to see if traditional Labour voters rally to Jeremy Corbyn but I expect not and Labour politicians will be worried about their career prospects with a chance of being kicked out of parliament.

On the positive side, political parties will need detailed manifestos and the UK public will get to vote on the type of Brexit that they want. Will it be a high risk hard Brexit as favored by the Tory right? The Guardian rightly concludes that the Conservative manifesto will require microscopic analysis. A larger majority will allow May to strengthen her cabinet and jettison the dead wood.

Most of all though, I relish the opportunity to revisit the political and economic arguments for Brexit.

As always, this blog will take a balanced view and look at the evidence not the rhetoric.

So is Theresa May just another political chancer looking for her place in history?




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  1. Mrs May was forced into this unwanted election by a combination of Remoaners like Heidi Allen the MP for South Cambridgeshire who lives 9 miles from my house, the BBC which pretends to be objective, her own civil service mandarins, some of her own ministers like Hammond the Chancellor and the election expenses debacle caused by Cameron and now investigated by the police who are still smarting at May’s speeches about them concerning their inability to reform themselves.

    I watched her speech as she made the announcement and the anger in her voice was barely concealed and since she is light skinned you could see colour rising in her cheeks as she grew more and more enraged the longer she spoke.

    Dr Alf is right to point out the economic problems May faces as well but the Guardian’s comparison with Erdogan if wrong and fatuous, Erdogan is a ruthless dictator who will soon engulf Europe with more migrants by reneging on the deal he did with Merkel and the secret one he has done with African leaders to help them clear out unemployed Africans which he can then use as a bargaining chip to get more business for Turkish businesses competing in Africa with China and as a lever to pressure EU Ministers into taking more migrants.

    May’s miscalculation was to dither for too long when she should have been ruthless starting with the fat cat bosses whose pay she should have capped, then moving to automate the jobs of striking postal workers, tube train drivers and the drivers at Southern Rail. Sequestration of Trades Union assets and mass firings of all those strikers would have sent a message to lazy and unproductive workers that the time for something for nothing was over. The BBC and the House of Lords sit there as monuments to a bygone age, the first needed privatisation, the second abolition and replacement. Then there are local authority Chief Executives,constabularies,fire commands and the civil service itself.
    None of these groups is capable of reform with or without Big 4 management consultants so top down reform is needed. May has wasted time and not done any of these things so now events have overtaken her and her enemies have caught her flat footed and off balance. This is no “turning the other cheek moment”,what is called for is some Old Testament style slaying of enemies,troublemakers and creators of needless expense–If the ship is to encounter storms then we need fewer passengers.

    As Machiavelli put it in the 1400s a Prince in attempting to bring about a “new order of things” needs to work out the worst that needs to be done and then do it all at once. In our Parliamentary Democracy “all at once” may not be possible but speed is. I fear that May is too much the parson’s daughter for what needs to be done but I’m willing to be proved wrong.

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