Election Ho!

“You’re not going to vote Labour, are you?” I’ve been asked: The Labour manifesto has much that is in accord with what I’d like to see. Strip away Jeremy Corbyn and his coterie of terrorist-loving anti-Semitic incompetents, who’re strangely tolerant of racism in their midst, and the answer would be “yes.” But, as things stands, “no.”

Ironically, aside from occasional terrorism bashing, most criticism of Corbyn has been aimed at the good points of his manifesto. Nationalise the railways? Horror! Suggesting Britain’s foreign policy has only helped spread Islamist terrorism? Treason! Never mind that continuing down the same failed road is madness and that being right about this general point doesn’t mean Corbyn has a clue about what to do instead. We might occasionally hear he lacks the strength of will to keep us safe.

While policies such as renationalising the railways have helped Corbyn in the polls, the decline of the Tory lead appears to be largely due to May’s own mishandling of the Tory campaign. She seems intent on winning over Labour voters at the expense of pleasing her own supporters, a risky strategy – a lot of Labour voters will never vote Tory regardless of how useless Corbyn is, they’ll stay home, but so will Conservatives disgusted at some of her policies. Has she made a terrible mistake? If enough Tory voters stay home or defect to UKIP, it’s even possible the Tories will lose seats.

Of course, we have to wonder: Can we even trust the polls?

Now, in the normal course of things, a ruling party having to take into account the views of all the voters would be a good thing and a strong opposition a positive, but when a strong government is necessary to shepherd Britain through the withdrawal from the EU and the Tories are the only party capable of government that claim to unequivocally support Brexit, any weakening of May’s position will be a bad thing, and the possibility of Corbyn taking power a disaster.

Once again, the lack of a real choice at the ballot box is costing the country dearly, leaving the UK trapped between bad and worse. We desperately need more credible options, but we won’t see them at this election and possibly not at the next, and that is a tragedy for Britain.

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