CORBYN’S ELECTILE DYSFUNCTION – Teresa May has pulled the plug – from Jeremy Corbyn’s life support machine – and Great Britain will be going to the polls on 8 June.
It is an early election (the UK wasn’t due for another one until 2020), and some are pretending they’re shocked, but May would be an idiot if she did not take advantage of the situation. I thought she might have called the election last year, straight after the Brexit vote, and there would have been a good argument that the political landscape has changed so much as a result of the referendum that the government needed to seek a fresh mandate. But Madam Prime Minister did the arguably more decent thing and waited until she pulled the Brexit trigger before going to the polls.
If anything, the Labour opposition under the unreconstructed ’70s Trot, Jeremy Corbyn, is even more on the nose that it was last year:
The YouGov survey for The Times has headline numbers of the Tories on 44%, Labour on 23%, Liberal Democrats on 12%, and Ukip on 10%.
Labour’s rating is the lowest recorded by YouGov since 2009.
It is the second poll in as many days to put the Tories more than 20 points ahead of Labour after ComRes yesterday gave the Conservatives their biggest lead in government since 1983.
That survey had the Tories on 46% and Labour on 25%.
But it also found general public support for some of Labour’s key policies, with 71% in favour of a £10/hour minimum wage, 62% backing increasing the top rate of tax from 45p to 50p, and 53% agreeing with the plan to introduce universal free school meals for primary pupils by scrapping tax breaks on private school fees.
In response to the ComRes polling, Mr Corbyn told the Independent: “Our policies are popular because to most people it’s common sense that our Government should act in the interests of the overwhelming majority and that will mean taking on the powerful.”
Labour’s policies might be popular but Labour could run on the platform of giving each Brit one million pounds tax free and it would have still most likely lose under Corbyn’s leadership. The man is a political poison who can’t even convince half the Labour voters that he would make a better prime minister than May.
Due to vagaries of British electoral system, even these dismal numbers don’t translate into a complete annihilation for Labour but Corbyn might give it one of the poorest results in history, which is quite appropriate from a man who wants to take the party back to the socialist past.