Are we sheep? Do we need politicians to tell us how to vote? The same politicians who have discredited themselves practically daily in the HoC by their performances? Do we need academics to belittle TBP to make us think again about voting for ‘a hopeless case’? Do we need MSM editors to weigh in with their biased reporting?
It would seem so. On the 2nd day of the GE campaign, we read that former Labour MPs (there are no MPs now that Parliament has been dissolved) are now telling everybody to vote Tory and that even TBP and Nigel Farage must now do the same (here, here, paywalled here). They tell us to vote Tory because Corbyn would be worse than Johnson:
“Jeremy Corbyn has been branded “unfit to lead” by four senior ex-Labour MPs who have taken the unprecedented step of telling “patriotic” voters to back Boris Johnson. The lifelong Labour supporters, three of whom are former ministers or frontbenchers, said Mr Corbyn was “a menace” as well as “a disgrace to his party and a disgrace to this country”. […] The extraordinary intervention by Ian Austin, John Woodcock, Tom Harris and Michael McCann came less than 24 hours after Labour’s deputy leader Tom Watson quit politics amid an ongoing civil war in the party over Brexit and anti-Semitism. Their comments laid bare the deep divisions in Labour that have plunged the party into crisis at the start of a chaotic election campaign. They also fuelled continued speculation that other Labour moderates could quit the party to undermine Mr Corbyn in the coming weeks.” (paywalled link)
Interesting, isn’t it, that none of them mention Brexit, nor do they say that Labour voters must vote for Johnson because of his ‘Deal’. Brexit is a side-show, only useful for trashing TBP and Nigel Farage.
Meanwhile, the Tories are now also unleashing their Treasury Money trees if you can unleash trees …! Thus, money will drift down into voters’ wallets, regardless. See this report about Labour’s splurge and this comment. Not that the Tories are any better:
“Sajid Javid is lifting the public investment target from a long-term average 1.8pc of GDP – and a nadir of 1.4pc in the austerity years – to the OECD level of around 3pc. […] The Government says we need to spend £600bn on infrastructure over the next ten years to plug the gap and prevent the country being left behind in the global rush towards artificial intelligence and digital technology.” (paywalled link)
The cloven hoof hidden in this article praising Tory Chancellor Javid but not Labour’s McDonnell, peeps out here:
“The Chancellor is right to hail “new rules for a new economic era”. The Treasury can borrow until mid-century at real rates of minus 1pc. He is also correct that “there is a growing consensus around the world that the time is right to do it.” Investment reflation is the new ethos in Davos, at the Bretton Woods institutions, among the banks. As a former managing-director for Deutsche Bank in Singapore, Mr Javid knows this better than his parochial critics.” (paywalled link)
Negative interest rates have been talked up as ‘a good thing’ in EU countries such as Germany for some time. It’s ECB policy after all but only recently did they start to notice that this hits savers. But such petitesses don’t need to trouble us sheep …! Instead we ought to trust politicians to spend our money well, oughtn’t we … At least The Times’ editorial dares to mention risk:
“Both main parties set out plans for big increases in spending that will put debt to GDP firmly back on an upward trajectory. At a time of heightened economic uncertainty this creates risks. […] The Tories are at least proposing a slower pace of debt increases. But that may be scant consolation in another crisis. Market confidence is hard to win but easy to lose.” (link, paywalled)
Odd, isn’t it, that none of these economic ‘gurus’ is concerned about how this will affect the future of all those young voters the establishment parties covet so much. Perhaps they believe that ‘Generation Social Media’ is too stupid to notice. Just tell them that politicians know best how to spend our money. There’s one tiny fly in the ointment. The Bank of England’s Mark Carney fired a warning shot:
“The Bank of England has downgraded UK growth on the back of Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal. After three years the economy will be about £14 billion smaller than previously thought as a direct result of the government’s proposed withdrawal agreement and free trade deal. The downgrade emerged as two Bank policymakers broke ranks and voted to cut rates this month, citing “downside risks from persistent Brexit uncertainties”. Rates were held at 0.75 per cent after the other seven members of the monetary policy committee voted for no change. Markets now expect a rate cut early next year, however.” (link, paywalled)
Perish the thought that the proposed interest rate cut has anything to do with allowing the Government to increase spending by providing lower interest rates … ! It’s also strange because we keep being told that “The Deal” is the best thing since sliced bread.
That is the only reference to Brexit in the pie-in-the-sky spending news which aim to pacify us sheep with dreams of greener grass if we just vote for the Tories. There’s still that pesky Remain plot, a.k.a alliance, though:
“The Liberal Democrats, the Greens and Plaid Cymru predicted that they could win an extra 40 seats after striking a pact yesterday and agreeing not to stand against each other in dozens of seats across England and Wales. The “Remain alliance” is designed to maximise the number of pro-EU MPs elected on December 12, with the parties hoping to succeed with a united front against a split Leave vote. There will be no pact, however, with Remain-supporting Labour MPs after Jeremy Corbyn’s front bench rebuffed approaches by Unite to Remain, the umbrella group behind the agreement.” (link, paywalled)
Should this worry the Tories when Labour looks like crumbling? The Times ponders in their opinion piece on tactical voting what this might mean for safe seats such as that of Sir John Redwood were Remain voters to vote for an Alliance candidate:
“The Berkshire constituency of Wokingham has had a Conservative MP since its formation in 1885 and for the past 32 years that MP has been Sir John Redwood. Last week a poll by Survation put the Liberal Democrats on 38 per cent, up 22 points since 2017, with 15 [points] of them at the expense of Sir John. With the Conservatives still on 42 per cent, and with a majority last time of nearly 19,000, he may be safe. Yet, should Labour or Green supporters vote tactically, Berkshire could see a revolution.” (link, paywalled)
After all, with Corbyn’s Labour in disarray – why not vote for a Remainer candidate to teach Johnson and indeed Sir John Redwood a lesson? Perhaps Johnson analysts even welcome such attempts were they to succeed in getting rid of hard-core Brexiteers. Stranger things have happened.
It’s even stranger though when we’re warned that voting for TBP will let in Corbyn. Will we now see articles warning that voting for Swinson’s Remain alliance will let Corbyn in? Don’t hold your breath!
But will the electorate really behave like sheep, following the Tory leader to the golden uplands? Perhaps they’ll act like frightened sheep, abandoning candidates who stand against the Tory Leader, when warned that voting Labour or TBP means losing “The Deal”. Time will tell.
Meanwhile we’ll have to wait and see whose ‘election guru’ is going to plonk the next dead cat on the election table.