Backlash Politics

So the Conservatives win again, with a bigger majority.

This despite having a leader who almost nobody likes, and policies that nobody really wants.
Unless they are very rich of course.

And despite promises by the opposition to make the NHS secure, nationalise transport and utilities, and give out free broadband.

All too easy to blame it all on Jeremy Corbyn. Supposedly, the public just don’t like him, and his leadership cost Labour the election, as well as losing many historically-held seats.
That’s not really the case though, we all know that.

The election was only ever about one thing, and that was Britain leaving the EU.

Since the summer of 2016, Leave voters have been derided for being racist, stupid, uninformed, misinformed, duped, and many other things, including apparently all being overweight. Not one of them was ever given the credit for understanding what they were voting for, because they were considered to be unintelligent, incapable of reason, and unable to comprehend anything. The Labour Party was taken over by people insisting on remaining in the EU, as was the Liberal Democrat Party. During the recent campaign, many Labour candidates (including the one where I live) openly stated that they would fight to cancel Article 50, and stay in Europe as a member of the EU.

The Liberal Democrat leader made staying in Europe the main feature of her party’s policies and platform. She lost her seat, and has resigned as leader.

In former Labour strongholds that had voted to leave the EU, Labour was defeated by a swing to the Right that was unprecedented in those communities.

This is the backlash. The revenge of those people deprived of democracy after voting Leave in the referendum in 2016, and winning that vote. Ever since, they have had to sit and watch as politicians and organisations attempted to overturn that vote, and unravel the whole democratic process we thought we lived by.

So now we have this government. One run by the rich, for the rich, and nobody knows how bad it will get over the next five years. This country may well have a increasingly right-wing Conservative government for the rest of my life.

Is anyone surprised? I’m not.

28 comments

  1. abbiosbiston

    I just want someone to explain how Brexit is actually going to work. I am not sure the Tories can actually deliver what they are promising. This is going to drag on for years and years while they slowly dismantle all public services.

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    • beetleypete

      It should have been relatively simple to leave the EU and then negotiate a trade agreement with them. They buy more from us than we do from them, overall. But the hash-up after the unexpected Leave vote guaranteed that it would never work properly, and now we face a minimum of 2-3 years of arguments over trade tariffs and contracts.
      Besides, I don’t think Boris wants a deal. He wants to turn his back on Europe and operate under WTO rules. That will mean a border with Ireland, and then if the Scots get Independence, a border with them too.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  2. theshammuramat

    Also the UK will now have to deal with the US as a trading partner and I think given our present government that might be going from the frying pan into the fire. If it wants special access to our markets Trump will demand a pound of flesh. Let’s hope for a change here at least in 2020m so the average person in Great Britain, not the filthy rich, will get a good deal.

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    • beetleypete

      The EU will still trade with Britain. It is rarely mentioned that they buy more from us in monetary value than we do from them, so they are unlikely to just stop trading with us. They will certainly try to make things difficult though, that’s for sure.
      Best wishes, Pete. x

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  3. theshammuramat

    Well forward to the constitutional crisis when Scotland leaves the UK. Boris Johnson used Brexit to further his own political career. He wanted it – now he owns it and he will also own the break up of the United Kingdom. It’ll be Britain, Wales and Northern Ireland and I bet the Welsh wish they could go as well! I do think the Scots should have their independence after all they’ve been trying to get it for thousands of years. As the saying goes what goes around comes around and the ghost of Mary Queen of Scots will be cheering from the Tower.

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    • beetleypete

      I would personally be happy to see Britain break up into different countries, Felicity. If I was Scottish, I would probably vote for Independence. But I wonder how the Nationalists think they are going to fund an Independent Scotland? They would depend heavily on EU funding to survive as a viable state.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  4. toritto

    Same over here Pete. I expect Trump will be impeached and then a Senate trial by the Republicans will refuse to remove him from office. There is not a prayer in Hell he will be removed from Office. He will then loudly proclaim he was innocent all along – all the way to next November. Best from Florida.

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  5. stalinsmoustache

    Spot on, Pete. Treat ordinary people who made an informed decision as idiots and they will give you a profound kick in the bum next time they have the chance. Similar things are happening in a few other places in the world, although the consequences are profound! (At the same time, I do think that the crude instrument of parliamentary democracy in a bourgeois state has well outlived its limited usefulness, but when that is all that is available, this is the kind of result that follows.)

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  6. fragglerocking

    But now you will have your precious Brexit, Global Britain will be able to trade with all those nice middle east potentates and African despots, Trump will do a sterling deal with us that makes Britain Great Again and all the money we sent to the EU can be given to the NHS, or spent on deprived areas receiving EY funds at the moment, you should be happy!

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    • beetleypete

      I can’t be happy with a Tory win. But a Labour win that would have overturned the democratic vote was no better option for me. As far as I was concerned, Brexit was something far beyond party politics. But the simple fact hasn’t gone away. When the Leave vote won in a fair contest, we should have left. Then Labour might have won this time, or next time.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  7. wilfredbooks

    Personally, I’m gutted, Pete. Whatever one’s view on Brexit, my feeling is that it has poisoned politics in this country, possibly beyond the point of no return, because of the way it was represented [and misrepresented] to the public. How anybody could acquiesce to putting the liar-in-chief back in control is beyond me, but we get the government we deserve. Cheers, Jon.

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    • beetleypete

      Thanks, Jon. I understand the feeling of gutted, which was how I felt when we didn’t eave the EU after the 2016 referendum. I didn’t want anyone to win this time. Labour were going to betray the Leave vote, and I hate the Tories. I had hoped for a hung parliament, to be honest, but the backlash was greater than I thought.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  8. Jack Eason

    Of coursr it was about Brexit! The politicians had to learn that you do not go against the wishes of a majority of those eligible to vote, which we made crystal clear back in 2016 when 49% of us voted ‘out’….

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