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Tories throw it in

UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak (Cons., Richmond-Yorks) has gone to His Majesty and requested to dissolve Parliament, calling for an election on July 4th:

Rishi Sunak has called a surprise general election for 4 July in a high stakes gamble that will see Keir Starmer try to win power for Labour after 14 years of Conservative-led government.

Addressing the nation outside Downing Street, Sunak said it was “the moment for Britain to choose its future” as he claimed the Tories could be trusted to lead the country during a time of global instability.

The rain-soaked prime minister was almost drowned out by the New Labour anthem, D:Ream’s Things Can Only Get Better, blasted out by the anti-Brexit campaigner Steve Bray, as the surprise early election was called.

Sunak’s words were met with alarm by senior Tories who are concerned that their party, trailing 20 percentage points behind Labour in the polls, could face electoral wipeout, with some MPs even considering submitting letters of no confidence.

It will be the first July election since 1945, when Labour leader Clement Attlee won a majority of 145. The campaign will also be fought during the Euro 2024 football tournament, with polling day falling just before the quarter finals.

Two things. First, it's about fucking time, as the Tories have driven the UK into the ground, giving the country two of the worst PMs in history and certainly the worst Home Secretary in my lifetime.

Second, what bliss only to have a six-week public campaign period! But then again, the UK government does get things done even when the ruling party has such low polling numbers.

I remember the big vote the UK took in June 2016 and what that said about our own politics. I will watch the July 4th election intently for clues about our own future.

Comments (1) -

  • David Harper

    5/23/2024 5:38:20 AM +00:00 |

    I'm not sure whether American observers should infer too much about the November election from what happens in Britain on July 4th.  The parallels are too weak, because Britain's political trajectory has been very different to that of the United States since 2016.  One obvious example: neither of our main political parties is led by a sociopath who tried to overturn the outcome of the last election by force.  Whatever you may think of Sunak -- and I don't think much of him, frankly --  he's no Trump.

    And whilst it's true that the post-Brexit Tory party has veered sharply rightwards and borrowed heavily from the Republican party's anti-woke culture wars playbook, there's no British equivalent of the MAGA movement.

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