After forcing Boris Johnson to extend the Brexit waiting period yet again to January 31st, the Remainers may have just signed their own political death warrants. The Tories, with the cooperation of the Labor Party were able to pass a bill calling for a General Election on December 12th.
Currently Boris Johnson’s personal popularity is extremely high. And the popularity of the Tories is also strong. They currently lead Labor 37% to 25% as the two largest parties. Add in the 10% that Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party controls and it’s practically a majority without the necessity of coalition building. Add to this the anger by even Laborites at the dirty tricks that the Remainers have used to block Brexit and we have the makings of a popular revolt.
I imagine that Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage will need to coordinate their efforts to ensure that the Tories who have remained faithful to the Brexit promise are spared any Brexit Party competition and only Remainers and Labor districts are targeted for replacement. I imagine Farage will start by selecting all the districts that were represented by Tories that were thrown out of the party for voting against the Hard Brexit last month. But he may have an even larger prize with the districts that voted for Brexit in 2016 but have a Labor MP that voted against Brexit this year. That could turn a small electoral majority into a landslide for the Pro-Brexit parties.
I have to confess I’m shocked that the Labor Party agreed to this election. It seems like an unforced error. I know there is an element of risk for the Tories. Electorates can be fickle but I think the upside for them is immense. With a well-orchestrated campaign attacking the shenanigans that the Remainers committed and playing to the British national pride I believe this will be the chance to have a Pro-Brexit majority in Parliament and provide the right environment to make the Conservative Party actually conservative again. It will also allow them to shed their image as globalists and steal the populist mantle from Labor.
It is sad that Boris wasn’t able to fulfill his promise to leave the EU by Halloween but he has redeemed himself by ensuring that the British voters will get to have the final say on Brexit. And based on the date of the election it looks like it could be considered an early Christmas present for the Britons and a good start for 2020.
If you look back to 2016 it was the Brexit victory in the UK that preceded and almost announced the way for the even more astonishing Trump electoral victory over the Wicked Witch and the Republican Dwarfs.
It would seem almost poetic justice if achieving Brexit with a truly conservative Parliamentary majority is the opening act for President Trump to crush the Resistance under the heel of William Barr and achieve re-election by a landslide. If only we could imitate that venerable old English custom of installing traitors like Comey and Clapper and Brennan in the Tower of London and provide them with the just desserts they truly deserve.