Must Read – Please Share – The British election: The middle has fallen out of British politics | The Economist

Please read this important Economist viewpoint before voting in the UK general election. The Economist argues that the leaders of both main parties have turned away from a decades-old vision of an open, liberal country.

The British election: The middle has fallen out of British politics | The Economist

The Economist’s conclusion is seriously inspired:

Backing the open, free-market centre is not just directed towards this election. We know that this year the Lib Dems are going nowhere. But the whirlwind unleashed by Brexit is unpredictable. Labour has been on the brink of breaking up since Mr Corbyn took over. If Mrs May polls badly or messes up Brexit, the Tories may split, too. Many moderate Conservative and Labour MPs could join a new liberal centre party—just as parts of the left and right have recently in France. So consider a vote for the Lib Dems as a down-payment for the future. Our hope is that they become one element of a party of the radical centre, essential for a thriving, prosperous Britain.

As a cosmopolitan, one-nation conservative all my life, I regrettably endorse the Economist’s conclusion. Corbyn’s Britain will be a toxic meltdown but surely May’s will precipitate an economic, social and political  train-crash? Bring on Britain’s Macron!

Thoughts?

Who should I vote for? The UK election manifestos compared | Politics | The Guardian

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Conservative Party (UK) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The UK’s Guardian provides an excellent summary of the key pledges made by political parties in the run-up to the UK general election.

Who should I vote for? The UK election manifestos compared | Politics | The Guardian

Full marks to the Guardian for providing this objective comparison of the UK election manifestos of the three main political parties.

Unfortunately, I fear that this sort of comparison will be too complicated for the average voter who is more likely to vote on a less rational basis.

Let me illustrate with my own case. Objectively, I identify more closely with the Conservative Party pledges overall but on key areas, I support either Labour or the Liberals offerings. Historically, I have been a strong Conservative Party supporter (for an analysis of my political views open this link). Rationally, I should perhaps vote for Theresa May but I don’t rate her very highly and think she’ll lead the country into chaos. So my dilemma is whether to abstain or register a protest vote for Labour or the Liberal? Matters are complicated further because I’m an expat, resident overseas, and have a proxy voting for me in Bath, UK, where I used to live. Traditionally, the Liberals have been strong in Bath, so should I vote for the Liberals, knowing that they have little chance of winning overall but could possibly be an influential part of a coalition?

Thoughts?