After many years of losing popular votes and taking a shellacking in the culture wars, the US election was a great opportunity for the Left in the UK to at last celebrate some kind of a victory. With the erratic Trump in the White House barracked by Covid and its multiple stresses, facing a contrarian media, sounding off about bleach and drowning in real or fabricated scandals, there was no better time for them to describe the 2020 US election as “the most important election of their lifetime”.
Of course, reality rarely reflects rhetoric.
The fact that the embarrassing Biden has failed to landslide Donald Trump has delivered yet another horrific dose of PTSD on lefties. When they went to bed in the early hours of Wednesday it looked like Trump had pulled off a miraculous victory. They were full of blame for American voters. Only when piles of mail-in votes were calculated did Biden’s chances – and their deluded hopes – revive.
Make no mistake. The Left in the UK is fighting for survival. Their tenuous path to revival against their political victors of the past decade depends on two fallacies: that Brexit is part of the same “populism” that Trump stands for, and that Boris Johnson is somehow damaged by a Trump loss as he is the UK Trump.
Yet Brexit preceded Trump. When Brits made the decision to restore sovereignty to the UK – a decision made by those of leftist and other political persuasions – they did so for a variety of reasons. Those who could not accept the result took to insulting Brexiteers as thickos and populists when in fact Brexit was merely a democratic decision to leave a tightening and failing union which had changed massively since the United Kingdom joined the European Communities on the first of January 1973. Brexiteers never voted for Trump in 2016 – they are not Americans. Many Brexiteers were shocked that their American cousins could find no-one better than a loudmouth pussy-grabber like Trump as their leader from a population of 328 million. Many Brexiteers had – and still have – zero time for Nigel Farage, who of course aligned very closely with Donald Trump.
Boris Johnson is not Donald Trump. Just because they rely upon similar, unruly manes and are both priapic gentlemen hardly imbues Boris Johnson with Trumpian orange. Johnson was Mayor of London when Donald Trump was spearheading a reality TV show. Trump neither emerged because of Johnson or vice versa. Take Covid – Johnson’s pursuit of lockdowns mirrors more Democratic whims than those of anti-lockdown Trump.
The nasty, Britain-hating end of UK leftism – currently busily crowdfunding for their scattergun totem, Carole Cadwalladr, and badly bleeding acolytes – relies on a Trump loss for any sliver of optimism; to peddle its conspiracy theories, to try and stop Brexit and to halt Johnson. They comprise a tiny sliver of Britain’s political landscape and appeal to a few Hacked Off perverts and a gaggle of unemployed Billy-no-mates on Twitter. Whether Trump wins or Biden’s mail-in votes turn out to be genuine, they simply cannot seem to grasp these simple realities: that Brexit was a democratic vote and UK independence from the EU is unalterable, that the Tories have at least until 2024 to continue to plague them (likely longer considering the disunion of Labour under dreary Starmer), while Boris Johnson is his own man and, when he with any luck rediscovers his mojo, is likely to continue to expose and clean out their refuges, including some of the UK’s foremost charities, quangos and their most beloved BBC.
Aside from Joe Biden’s failure to smash Trump, Britain’s leftists this morning are most distraught with news that conservatives some time ago factored in a Trump loss. Far from being “the most important election of a generation”, as soon as weakling Biden was chosen as Trump’s opponent, key conservatives across the pond saw that any Biden victory would be a short-lived one. Biden’s running mate Harris is lightweight and fatally flawed. The likes of Rupert Murdoch were talking about a Trump loss over six months ago. In the expectation of an eventual Trump concession, Mike Pence and other sound candidates are already being groomed for 2024 – those who can last a revolutionary two-term presidency and restore some dignity to the Oval Office. The Republicans’ continuing hold over the Senate and their better showing in the House of Representatives underlies that. Should Biden become President, he will have to reach out to the republican right to get anything done, while recognising that the American far left is an electoral burden. As far as a UK-US trade deal is concerned, the UK can either wait another four years – there is all the time in the world, and possibly greater opportunities for the UK, to continue trading without an agreement – or negotiate a desirable deal via the reinforced Republican presence in Washington.
As for “populist” politics, democracy is becoming ever more popular in the US and the UK. Higher election turnouts are “populist”. The political establishment of years gone by – and the leftist minorities depending to such a degree on voter apathy to be able to suckle on the public teat – are increasingly exposed by a more politically active population, who see through leftist emotional crap and increasingly demand real-world results. Britain’s leftists are still in a terrible struggle for their lives and they know it. It shall be fun over coming years to see them face the music in the papers, on social media and in court while those in Labour constituencies no longer stand for politicians who talk a good game standing up for “the working class” when Labour constituencies have remained dumps for multiple decades.
Trumpian politics may well die over coming weeks. But Boris Johnson, Brexit and increased democratic participation in the US and the UK are here to stay. However much the leftists squeal, they know they are facing continuing pain, well merited.