Prime Minister Theresa May’s call for a General Election yesterday morning came as a huge surprise to the opposition parties, to the media and the public. Her statement was bold and strong and delivered with a steely panache. Prior to the announcement there were rumours about a possible abdication announcement, there was talk of going to war, while Sky’s Adam Boulton speculated about May’s health (put down immediately by May’s Joint Chief of Staff, Fiona Hill).
Theresa May is right to call an election. She is right in terms of consolidating rightful leadership authority as Britain heads into Brexit negotiations. She is right strategically as Labour, the Lib Dems and the SNP are already causing a menace and threatening any Brexit negotiations result – the idea of a coalition government including that rabble, with Jeremy Corbyn as Prime Minister, is enough to keep one awake at night. She is right politically, as Labour is like an old dog in pain, desperate to be put down; while the Lib Dems and UKIP are weak and Sturgeon’s SNP have had their independence misdirection well and truly sniffed out by an angry Scottish public fed up with the SNP’s performance as a Scottish Government. We need a General Election and we need one now.
Recent memory of Gordon Brown being pursued at every turn by men wearing bottle outfits and buoyant recent polls were surely too great a pressure, politically, in the end for May. Her decision, albeit reluctant, was wise and simultaneously politically expedient. The fear that Jeremy Corbyn might resign in the wake of likely dreadful results in next month’s local elections and be replaced by a more competent and electable leader must have played heavy on the minds of May’s team.
We are proud as Country Squire Magazine to support the Conservatives in this election. The alternative – a horror coalition with Jeremy Corbyn as PM – is too atrocious to envisage. We must add that we look forward to seeing UKIP rustle some feathers in Labour’s heartlands – it would be good for Britain if UKIP could get its act together for once.
The election, provided parliament agrees, will be over within just fifty days. Let’s hope it is not too disruptive or distracting.
Let the people of this great country decide.