September 26, 2017

The UK Elections, As Seen By A Non-Brit

The UK elections will be held tomorrow.

The campaign started out quite differently from where it is now. Conservative PM Theresa May’s idea was to hold a referendum now to increase her majority, since Labour at that time was very low in the polls. Which shows you what you get these days from relying on polls.

Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn proved to be a better campaigner than the Tories figured, especially with a certain amount of young British voters going Labour as Corbyn copied the Bernie Sanders formula…’promise them anything and worry about how to pay for it later. Oh, and tax the rich.’

PM May made a few unforced errors as well, saying she would cut certain programs and then having to walk it back when that idea proved not to  poll well. It didn’t exactly reinforce her appeal as a strong leader either.

And of course, there were those two jihadi terrorist attacks, one in Manchester and one in London. That has supposedly made national security the focus of a lot of the voters.

Piers Morgan on ITV had a chat with none other than London’s Muslim Mayor Sadiq Khan about that:

The mayor’s main talking point was that May had cut police funds making counter terrorism harder to do.

When Kahn said that there are more than 200 known “jihadists” loose in the city who have returned from Syria, Piers Morgan angrily wanted to know why they are still walking the streets and ‘we don’t know where they are.’

Unfortunately, Piers Morgan didn’t ask the right question, which is ‘Why are we letting them back in Britain at all?’

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You see, Mr. Mayor, if you kept these people out of the country you wouldn’t need more police resources, would you? And tell me your honor…if Scotland Yard or the Metropolitan Police started putting questionable mosques and Madrassahs under surveillance and if the UK were a lot more choosy about who comes to Britain, that would lessen the need for more police too, wouldn’t it? But of course, that’s not Mayor Khan’s agenda.

The point I’m making here is that when it comes to national security and the two major parties, we’re dealing with tweedle dee and tweedle dum. Neither the Tories or Labour really want to fight Islamist terrorism. The conservatives are just merely a bit less dum, if you take my meaning…

Unlike Labour’s Corbyn, who actually sympathizes with jihadis like Hamas and Hezboallah, PM May at least understands in some way that the current situation is not good at all and most be dealt with..albeit in some politically correct way, she’s not quite sure how, that doesn’t result in anyone calling her racist or the Leftist press mauling her. In any event, that difference could be enough to give her the election.

I hate to imagine what Baroness Thatcher must be thinking about this, wherever she is. The British Lion, mewing like a neutered pussycat over barbarians the UK imported of its own free will!

The polls vary, but here’s a rundown on how I see it. Labour has gone full ‘anti-Zionist/ anti-Semitic’ in an effort to pander to the Muslim vote.

There are 3 million Muslims in Britain, almost all of them in England. Labour’s traditional majorities in Scotland are gone now, poached by the Scottish National Party(SNP). So Labour will need a high turnout among Muslims and younger voters in the cities to offset anticipated gain by the Conservatives in the North of England and the Midlands where the constituencies voted for Brexit.

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There are 37 Labour-held seats where the Conservatives narrowly lost in 2015 and where the constituents voted Leave in the Brexit referendum last June located in the Midlands or in the North of England.

I have no prediction for this one. It has been a fairly screwy election from almost the start. If someone twisted my arm and demanded one, I’d predict the Tories winning with a slightly bigger majority than the 17 seats they have now. I also predict that Jeremy Corbyn and Labour will get a lot more votes than Labour did in 2015,which shows us exactly where the Labour Party is headed and what it will become.

Rob Miller

Rob Miller writes for Joshuapundit. His articles have appeared in The Jerusalem Post, The Washington Examiner, American Thinker, The Los Angeles Times, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The San Francisco Chronicle, Real Clear Politics, The Times Of Israel, Breitbart.Com and other publications.

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