In lower than 36 hours from now Britain will both be within the arms of an amiable, japesome, patriotic blond pretend-buffoon Conservative who needs to take Britain out of the EU, enhance spending on the police and the navy, decrease taxes and management immigration…
…Or an unreconstructed anti-Semitic, terrorist-supporting Marxist main a gang of viciously illiberal hard-left boot boys who will crush all dissent, lay waste to the land with bat-chomping, bird-slicing eco-crucifixes, seize non-public property, drive entrepreneurs into tax exile, and scale back the world’s fifth-largest economic system to near-Venezuelan ranges of crony-Communist decay, corruption and penury.
That’s what makes this Britain’s Flight 93 Election: until conservatives can storm the cockpit and seize maintain of the controls from the leftist suicide retailers, then the entire nation goes to crash and burn.
I’ve borrowed the phrase from the title of an essay, written by Michael Anton beneath the pseudonym Publius Decius Mus, within the run-up to the Trump-Clinton contest.
2016 is the Flight 93 election: cost the cockpit otherwise you die. You might die anyway. You—or the chief of your celebration—might make it into the cockpit and never know the way to fly or land the airplane. There aren’t any ensures.
Besides one: if you happen to don’t strive, demise is for certain. To compound the metaphor: a Hillary Clinton presidency is Russian Roulette with a semi-auto. With Trump, no less than you may spin the cylinder and take your probabilities.
If Trump didn’t win, Anton warned, then a “Hillary presidency will likely be pedal-to-the-metal on the complete Progressive-left agenda.”
Fortunately Trump did win and America dodged that bullet.
Now it’s Britain’s flip and the end result shouldn’t be so positive.
Although for a while I’ve been predicting blithely that the Conservatives are going to win a 50 to 60 seat majority, I’m actually not feeling so assured now that the day of judgement is sort of upon us.
The problem shouldn’t be ‘Don’t voters understand how horrible Jeremy Corbyn is?’ They do. From one constituency, I heard on-the-ground-reports from an area election agent that even Labour celebration MEMBERS are planning on voting Conservative this time a) as a result of they assume anti-Semitic, identity-politics-obsessed Marxism is a bridge too far and b) as a result of a number of Labour voters are additionally Brexiteers and don’t wish to vote for a celebration whose place is actually Stay.
No, the problem, sadly, is that the Brexit vote in lots of key marginals might find yourself being cut up between the Conservative candidate and the Brexit celebration candidate, which means that Labour slip in via the again door.
In Hartlepool, for instance, Labour is on 37 p.c, Conservatives are on 30 p.c and Brexit Occasion on 27 p.c. Brexit majority; however Labour win.
In Stoke on Trent, Labour is on 41 p.c, Conservatives are on 40 p.c, Brexit Occasion is on 14 p.c. Brexit majority; however Labour win.
This, I suppose, is the subtext of the Conservatives’ last-minute viral advertising and marketing, resembling its Love Truly spoof, whose important concern is to ram residence the message that everybody simply needs to ‘Get Brexit accomplished!’ and that solely by voting Boris can this be achieved.
Brexit, really. pic.twitter.com/4ryuh19c75
— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) December 9, 2019
In different phrases, no matter our reservations about Boris or his insurance policies, we’re all being requested to carry our noses and vote Conservative as a result of a vote for the Brexit celebration is successfully a vote for Magic Grandpa.
As I’ve grumbled earlier than, I deplore the cynicism and vanity with which the Conservatives have carried out this marketing campaign. I additionally assume that their squishy coverage proposals on every little thing from state assist to ‘combating’ local weather change are a nauseating betrayal of conservative rules and can in the end make it simpler for Labour to win subsequent time spherical.
That mentioned although, I worry that the brutal electoral arithmetic might show them proper: it appears fairly doable to me that The Brexit Occasion gained’t win a single seat, however that it’ll price the Conservatives loads of ones that ought to by no means have been conceded to Labour’s repellant lefties.
Some time in the past I’d have been fairly sanguine about this. ‘So the youngsters need a style of Absolutely Automated Luxurious Communism? All proper. Allow them to have it — and see the way it feels to be decreased to consuming your pets,’ I used to assume.
The issue with totalitarian entryist regimes, nonetheless, is that they’re for all times – not only a salutary lesson for the youngsters at Christmas.
As soon as in energy, Corbyn would prolong the franchise to 16 and 17 12 months olds who — being idealistic, left-indoctrinated, emotionally-unstable youngsters — would principally vote Labour; and likewise to international nationals, who once more would principally vote Labour.
And that’s just the start of the unhealthy information. If you wish to be actually depressed you must learn Ed West’s excellent essay at Unherd in regards to the relentless leftwards drift of Western Civilisation.
His take-home level is that the rule that as you become old, begin paying taxes, have a household and get your personal property you turn out to be extra conservative might now not apply. More and more, individuals are rising up left – particularly the uni ‘educated’ lessons – and staying left. So the place are conservative events going to seek out their votes in future?
I don’t remotely assume that Boris Johnson’s Conservatives are as much as the job of arresting this decline. It might contain doing really radical issues like: massively decreasing the proportion of the inhabitants being brainwashed at college; utilizing the tax system to incentivise fairly than discourage married life; repair our damaged housing market. I don’t get the impression that this bunch of wets have the urge for food for something that dramatic.
Britain’s tragedy is that the closest factor it has to Donald Trump — Nigel Farage — has been ruthlessly suppressed and marginalised by the Conservative institution to the purpose the place as a substitute of main Britain to the promised land he might find yourself being the person partly answerable for main it over a cliff.
Maintain on to your hats. Britain will in all probability by no means face one other election the place the end result is sort of so necessary or the potential for catastrophe so horrifyingly actual…