The Labour party figures linger from the Blair era, and until Corbyn removes or reclaims them, Labour will remain ‘broken’. And without any act displaying decisive leadership from Corbyn, it seems we will be left waiting for an answer for a while yet…
The government has passed the motion permitting air strikes on ISIS positions in Syria by 397 to 223. The UK will join the US, Russia, Turkey, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Qatar …
Behind the bravado, the exaggerated Andrew Neil-esque eulogies, the inferiority complex that cries out for the need for the UK to be a major global power, and the ambitions of a Prime Minister fearful that his premiership will go down as a relative unknown in history, the reality is that there is no plan, nor an understanding of the complexities in combating not just ISIS but resolving the crisis in Syria.
EVEL is clearly flawed, and no other proposal seems viable. Surely, though, it’s better for the government to make an attempt to solve the West Lothian Question than just accept the status quo? Not really. The problem is that any attempt to answer the Question, much like trying to defuse a bomb, carries the risk of bringing about what you’re trying to prevent. In the case of the West Lothian Question, this is the break-up of the Union between England and Scotland.
In the build up to the election all of the polls indicated that Labour and Conservatives were neck-and-neck. Media coverage centred on who the Conservatives or Labour were likely to enter into a coalition with. No one predicted the astonishing victory for Cameron, the heavy defeat for Miliband, and utter annihilation of the Liberal Democrats. So why did the elections turn out the way they did?
…except the SNP surge did not stop at wiping out Labour and the Liberal Democrats in Scotland. It gave David Cameron the perfect weapon to crush them both South of the border. The politics of fear may not be the most honourable or truthful way of securing votes but if it can be both sufficiently terrifying and somewhat believable while it remains the most devastating tool available to the parties of the establishment.
Two million people have gone to the polling stations, not with the intention to vote for the party that they support, but with the intention of keeping the opposition out.
Commentators are predicting and politicians are scaremongering about all different kinds of potential governments which could be formed after polls show another failure by the traditional duopoly to form a majority.
In reality however there are only two or three realistic outcomes after May 7th.