Here’s a must-read op-ed article in the Guardian from left-wing writer, Owen Jones. He reports that the odds are still stacked against Labour – but after May’s shaky performance in the hustings, a historic defeat may not be inevitable
It still looks like May is most likely to win but most probably with a small majority. She called the election to boast her political support in parliament and not be dependent on the right of the Conservative Party. Against her own objective, she has failed and it’s just possible that she will fail to form the next government.
May made the campaign presidential and seemed to muzzle many Tory heavy-hitters. It was an arrogant campaign and assumed that Jeremy Corbyn was incredibly weak. But Corbyn has performed well, whilst May has gone from one banana skin to the next.
When May called the election, I commented that it was her race to lose but I never expected her to be a disaster. The campaign based on May’s strong leadership has backed-fired. She’s now that ‘weak and wobbly woman’. Many people who voted for Brexit in the referendum must be now scared for their future, especially with Theresa May as leader.
This leads to an open question:
Does the UK really want and need a weak and wobbly woman leading Brexit negotiations?