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bloody hell

Going to the Polls in a Handbasket

Posted on 2017.06.08 at 07:00
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Voters Head To The Polls In The U.K.

The other day, Theresa May stood up and addressed her minions on the terror of Islamaniacs, and how she expects to keep the UK strong and so on. It was as if all three of the recent terrorist attacks might even have been scripted, (just before the election), just to bring this conservative massive support from the cowering masses, (similar to such plays in other countries, perhaps). Like Hillary Clinton, Theresa May was putting on her strong woman suit, pretending to be the UK's Modern Churchill, Margaret Thatcher. But, there are some big differences between the Margaret Then and Theresa Now, such as:

Thatcher had:
- Ronald Reaganism
- An 'economy' improving on her watch
- The Falklands victory

May has:
- Donald Trumpism
- An economy continuing to falter
- Three tragic terrorist events on her watch

Even though she says that she may be willing to suspend some people's rights for the salvation of Security, (yay!), people know that she has slashed the budget for anti-terror Police in the past. Even though she insists on supporting Brexit in the future, people know that she was against it in the past. Even though Jeremy Corbyn is apparently something of a flaky knucklehead, albeit progressive, people know that he might not be worse than May in being tough, once they got past their fear and saw that she didn't prevent those recent terrorism events. Something of an emotional revelation.

Instead, she is giving a Conservative (& Clintoneque) song-and-dance, promising safety, while being responsible for the threat. This is not unlike the standard conservative promise of a better economy, when the conservatives themselves are responsible for destroying the economy, (other than the economy of their friends).

Young people are coming out to vote for Corbyn. (Young people are what helped Bernie, although urban young tended to vote pro-Brexit in Britain). And, it just may be possible that many of the old-fashioned British bulldog types to throw up their conservative hands and say, "At least Corbyn is a man." So, an upset is possible. The momentum is with Corbyn, the liberal/progressive. Races here have shown that the polls don't always update close enough to the election to represent the momentum, and so to be reliable.


The 2017 general election explained for non-Brits – video

From rust belt to mill towns: a tale of two voter revolts - "On the eve of Britain’s election, Thomas Frank, who anticipated the rise of Trump among white working-class voters in the US, visited the industrial heartlands of northern England to compare two momentous contests"

Note: The article above keys into my earlier posts on Bernie Sanders, Thomas Frank, and the, "Working Class." You can find one or two of them over at, bernie2016, or, o_c_c_u_p_y, or by exploring my tags. (This post will be tagged later).

The fight of his life: on the road with Jeremy Corbyn



In the USA: The Bernie factor? - Being like Bernie may not be the answer - ?

Comments:


Andy
st_martin_a at 2017-06-08 15:58 (UTC) (Lien)
You've obviously read up on this madman.
The word on the street is that it's going to be a Conservative landslide, but we'll see.
Stranger things have happened.
where hypotheses come to die
madman101 at 2017-06-08 17:54 (UTC) (Lien)
You could very well be right! I am not arguing against you, but only offering strange hypotheses, which may become true. Why?

We have already seen the working classes pull surprise upsets with Trump, on Brexit, and elsewhere in Europe. Today, anything goes! We are not living in predictable times anymore.

If you say it really is the word on the STREET, then a big maybe. I can see May winning if her contrived anti-terrorism stance works - but MORE SO, if her stance on anti-Brexit beats that of Corbyn. Mainly THAT would pull together both working class progressives and extreme conservatives, (along with the terrified middle). I am hoping that Corbyn took a strong anti-Brexit stance, but I don't know.

This election resembles the resent one in the USA, except that "Bernie" somehow won to run, and there is no real Trump other than "Bernie," while May represents Clinton co-opting both the Trump anti-terrorism and the Bernie/Trump anti-Foul-Trade message of both Trump and Bernie - yet she is trying to pull for the middle, as Clinton ultimately did, to her downfall. So, really, there is no telling how things will turn out!

Of course, I am hoping Corbyn wins.

These are times of chaos, and paradigm shifts, which I absolutely love.


Edited at 2017-06-08 17:56 (UTC)
misshelenc
misshelenc at 2017-06-08 22:33 (UTC) (Lien)
I cast my vote today, and am having a look at the results, two have come in so far so it's very early days. Time will tell.
where hypotheses come to die
madman101 at 2017-06-08 23:51 (UTC) (Lien)
The news here now is that May has probably won but has lost her majority, probably to Corbyn. That's a polite compromise - or a volatile mixed bag. I think the latter. It leaves May in power to be blamed more, while the majority seeks to undermine her. Idk. I guess this means that Brexit is continuing ahead, though.
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