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Election Diary 3: Into the final stretch

Harold Wilson stated more than fifty years ago that a week was a long time in politics, and in a general election campaign this is especially true. There are just under two weeks left until the country goes to the polls, and a huge proportion is still up for grabs in this most divisive election. It is also the most important since Margaret Thatcher’s election in 1979, which fundamentally changed Britain, for better or worse. 

It is therefore little surprise that two main parties have recently shifted their focus going into the final weeks and days of the campaign. Labour, despite Jeremy Corbyn’s increased poll ratings, has not garnered enough support to pose a real threat to Boris Johnson’s plans for majority rule. His party has now focused its attempts on retaining its Northern Leave-voting seats, which could give the Lib Dems an opportunity to heavily target previously Labour-supporting Remainers. The huge spending pledges have not caught the public’s imagination as much as Corbyn and Seumas Milne would have wanted, nor have their plans for large-scale renationalization. Or, for that matter, the party’s disgraceful failure to combat, let alone admit to, its anti-Semitism. 

A new poll, employing a method that accurately predicted the 2017 election result claims that the Lib Dems are on course for thirteen MPs if the election were held today. If true, this would a disastrous. After the recent successes in European and local elections, such a poor showing would mean that the Remain voice would have virtually no voice in Parliament, and would, I fear, mean the final failure of the Remain campaign as a whole. 

The party’s pledge to revoke Article 50 is one of the main reasons for this slump. Speaking to even the most ardent Europhiles, I have found a disquiet about the policy. For Jo Swinson to succeed, she needs to position herself as the moderate, opposing both the extremes of Corbyn and Johnson. Supporting revoking does exactly the opposite. It presents the Liberal Democrats as un-democratic, ignoring the first vote and not allowing even a second. Much anger in the public at this extreme turn has meant that a rethink is needed if the current poll figures are to be reversed. 

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  • User Avatarn hunter 2nd Jun - 4:01pm
    noncomformistradical article is VERY interesting. I also found revealing the articles on Raab and McVey. It helps you to know where/who the Tory brexiteers are...
  • User AvatarDavid Franks 2nd Jun - 3:44pm
    Jo Grimmond's principles were the reason I joined the party all those years ago and now I want a leader whose performance will remind me...
  • User AvatarJohn Marriott 2nd Jun - 3:42pm
    Last weekend the leader of a once great country sat in a bunker in its capital city, tweeting out commands to imaginary forces to come...
  • User AvatarPeter Martin 2nd Jun - 3:38pm
    @ Adrian May, "From a bird’s eye view, of the major parties the Liberal Democrats are arguably the most universally in-tune with the current zeitgeist."...
  • User AvatarLorenzo Cherin 2nd Jun - 3:37pm
    Adrian, read Sue sutherland, probably the finest example of values this party site has within it, and proof, as with mr p holmes, that the...
  • User AvatarLorenzo Cherin 2nd Jun - 3:28pm
    A very good article. I agree with nearly every part. I advocated these thorough changes before the party became a single issue one. Nobody cared....