Opinion – Nick Clegg says threat of wealthy Brexit elite and populism damages UK | Politics | The Guardian

English: Nick Clegg

English: Nick Clegg (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is an excellent read in the Guardian, reporting on Nick Clegg‘s hard-hitting speach at Chatham House. Clegg highlights how a  brew of rightwing EU bashers are playing on voter insecurity and cuts, fanning populist ideas is pushing Britain to margins

Source: Nick Clegg says threat of wealthy Brexit elite and populism damages UK | Politics | The Guardian

As pressure against a hard-Brexit increases, Clegg is timely to paint this vivid picture. Simply, this is the Far-Right elite and their populist message, leveraging their own advantage off the hardship of the majority.

It’s a shame that Clegg did not highlight the equally dangerous threat of the Far Left who have infiltrated  the Labour Party. This week the Economist highlights that Jeremy Corbyn is lukewarm towards Brexit and more focused on domestic revolution in the UK.

Thoughts?

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

Conservative Party (UK)

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?