Before the news of Theresa May calling for a general election for June 8th, there had been much speculation around whether the Conservative party would use their current favourability (shown by the YouGov polls) to go up against the Labour party in an early general election.
After the EU referendum result, it had been widely thought by Brexit and May supporters that holding an early general election would secure the Prime Minister a full term. However, in the previous election, Labour had won 31% of the popular vote, whereas the Tories won 30%. So, there was room for speculation that Labour could possibly win.
For me, the main issue was the way in which the opposition blamed May for not having a Brexit plan, yet coming to no compromise of their own to help ease the decision of the referendum. (Full report here)
In The Spectator, one of the political editors had mentioned Labour shouldn’t be working against leaving the EU, but rather working towards getting the best deal, to allow some compromise and keep a few of the perks they wanted.
I think Remainers talking down Britain and being quite insidious with their rhetoric would harm Britain’s negotiating powers, that they should be punching up and not punching down. The opposition has not come to terms with the results of the referendum. I believe they have every right to protest, but I do not believe it is conducive to a productive mentality.
Instead, it has become a tedious year of the Prime Minister, going back-and-forth until she has even said a ‘hard Brexit’ is ‘inevitable’.
May had held the decision to invoke article 50 for almost a year, since Britain formally voted to leave the EU. As said, the opposition should be working towards getting the best Brexit deal and not postponing the decision to leave.
When discussing what could be done, the best thing is the same thing people are doing in America. People are currently working towards getting a Democratic House in the 2018 election, which isn’t a bad idea and has given me a few of my own.
One of them being the idea of people focusing on local elections instead of the elections in Westminster. Partially influenced by Morgan’s statement below, I do believe people should focus on getting real representative members for the party they support. This is especially the case for Labour.
I don’t believe there is a chance Jeremy Corbyn will become Prime Minister, if the General Election does go through, and I think this is a perfect opportunity for those who have stopped voting Labour because of Corbyn.
Between the General Elections is the best time to vote Labour – if you are one of the many disenfranchised Labour voters. If people really believe Labour is the party they want in power – without Corbyn – they should vote Labour locally and vote in people who they believe represent them best. This is the same for any party which you believe hold the things you value the most. Writing to your local representatives and being involved in your local elections will go further than just voting for Westminster.