By any measure, the victory last night of “Brexit” Boris Johnson and the Conservative Party over socialist, “Remainer” Jeremy Corbin and his Labour acolytes in the British Parliamentary elections is historic.
As of 10 am EST, the DailyMail reports:
The huge tally of 365 seats was confirmed this afternoon as the Tories held on to St Ives, the last of the 650 to declare.
This has utterly crushed the media-loved Labour and their coddled socialist mouthpiece Jeremy Corbin.
By contrast Labour ended up with just 203 MPs, the lowest figure since 1935 and even worse than the 209 recorded by Mr Corbyn's left-wing hero Michael Foot during the 1983 rout by Margaret Thatcher.
And this means that Johnson is almost assured of being able to proceed with his plan to have Great Britain leave the EU in January, without any further foot (and knuckle) dragging by the bureaucratic orthodoxy that seems to adore orders from Brussels and despise even a tiny amount of relative independence for the British nation-state.
Well known figures such as actor Michael Caine, drummer Ringo Starr, singer-songwriters Morrissey and Roger Daltry, and even punk icon John Lydon have all lent their voices in support of Brexit. Their connection to their neighbors, to the unique British culture, and to the desire to be free of strangling European Union mandates, taxes, and corruption is strong. And among the populace, this connection was reflected in the stunning – historic – victory of the Brexit supporters in a nation-wide referendum on June 23, 2016.
But Theresa May, the Prime Minister who stepped into office in July of ’16 – supposedly to see the implementation of the Brexit referendum – proved to be what many suspected she was, a delayer who would hem and haw and, eventually, lead to a whole new “Brexit vote” that the centralizers and pro-EU politicians in Britain hoped would reverse the original Brexit groundswell.
Any chance of that happening was utterly crushed in last night’s vote.
Said The Daily Mail:
Earlier, Mr. Johnson ordered Remainers to ‘put a sock in it’ as he hailed the largest Tory victory in more than 30 years.
And as Jeremy Corbin announces he will quit as leader of the Labour Party, Johnson said:
Let’s get Brexit done. But first, let’s get breakfast done.
This, despite Corbin’s Labour working through media lapdogs to promise nearly everything in the universe to anyone who might be daft enough to support them. In their zeal to gain political power over the past few months, Corbin and his pals have told Brits that they’d provide “free broadband” to the ”people”. Labour politicians promised “flexible working hours and EXTRA paid maternity leave” – because, of course, everyone knows that Corbin and company are a “real” company, as opposed to a bunch of thuggish politicians telling people who run real companies how to live.
And Corbin and company even promised to pay pensions to those expecting them, but who had seen the British government raise their retirement age by three years.
It appears that none of that, and not even all of it combined, was as important as Brexit.
And the markets are responding.
The Daily Mail also reports that the British Pound shot up relative to the Euro today, their headline reading:
The Boris BOOM! Sterling enjoys its best gains in a DECADE and global share prices rise as Britain can finally 'get Brexit done.'
Now, that isn’t to say that Johnson is a small-government dream personified.
In fact, a few weeks prior to last night’s victory, Johnson and the Conservatives promised “50,000” more nurses to be hired by the already in-the-red British National Health System.
That’s neither financially wise nor “conservative” in any way.
But the anti-EU sentiment is strong among Johnson and his massive majority, and it is also strong among the populace. If that sentiment favoring more localized British rule can be translated to the people and Parliament understanding and embracing an even more localized, decentralized governing system, the British government and British people might see great progress towards less bureaucracy, controls on spending, halts to regulations, and a return to wiser, local control over many facets of their lives.
It’s not true “freedom”, but it’s a step in the right direction and offers a chance to learn.