Friday, 21 April 2017

Wham! Bam! Yam!

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Written By: Scott Gunnion

May, or Yam as I call her affectionately, must be confident.

Some polls have the Tories as much as 20% ahead, some on double the support of Labour.

She's braver than John Major or Gordon Brown were, both of whom - PMs without an electoral mandate - allowed the life of the Parliament to expire before they put themselves before the electorate. Both, for clarity, expected to lose, though only Brown did.

Yam hopes to bolster her fickle Parliamentary majority in order to make a success of Brexit.

To do so, she must make make a stand and advocate and embrace popular but unfashionable policy stances. She must be unequivocally anti-immigration and commit herself to reduced migration from Europe. She must open the doors to selection in education, committing herself to a new generation of grammar schools. So too must she abandon Cameron's flashy and vacuous commitment to 0.7% of GDP towards foreign aid. It isn't a vote-loser, per se, but it isn't a vote-winner either. Nobody cares. Cut at its throat and throw it overboard. Time for aid to Africa to walk the plank.

But for the first time in an entire generation, there are clear and unequivocal policy differences dividing the two major parties. To put it simply, there is choice. There is contrast over which to debate and deliberate.

As confident as Yam may be, there is no room for complacency. You can't put Corbyn in a corner and he isn't going away anytime soon.

Remember Trump? They all said he would lose, that he was unelectable, lacked credibility, lacked temperament. And still he won. There is no room for complacency; it can't be said enough.

In 2015, the Tories annihilated the Lib Dems in their South West England heartland, cushioning them from losses in the North and helping them on their way to the first majority Tory government in over twenty years.

But the Lib Dem's bounced back in the Richmond by-election post-Brexit riding a wave of pro-European sentiment. They could be headed for a resurgence. Vince Cable could return to reclaim his seat. In fact, I predict he will do just that.

More chance of that than the deeply toxic Esther McVey staging a comeback in Wirral West in what should naturally be a Tory seat, especially at this election.

You have to admit - Yam has balls. She could wind up with a diminished majority - or no overall control - and then what for Hard Brexit?

Irrespective of the outcome of June's election, Yam is safe as leader what with Boris safely distracted with foreign diplomacy, Osborne and Gove already emasculated and Andrea Leadsom well and truly put in her place.

This is indeed the age of Yam - and it isn't over yet, not by a stretch.

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