the return of two party politics?

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Guess what? We had an election. And no one won.

Well, actually The Conservative Party won, but not by enough of a margin to form a government by themselves (but they can form one with a party that is agreeable to it, without forming an actual coalition*).

The Labour Party avoided total wipe out, and are treating that as a resounding victory, even though allying themselves with everyone else who might reciprocate would not give them enough seats to form a government combined.  They are even claiming that they are somehow entitled to form a government and unseat the Conservatives, because … well just because. But hey, the constitution is really just a bourgeois technicality to Marxist ambition, so it’s all good.

Meanwhile in Scotland the pro-independence SNP have lost some support, and the Conservatives have had a modest surge, but the totally different picture in Scotland just underlines that it is both a different country, and more complex than anybodies slogans.

It’s a mess for much of the UK, but people are saying this marks the return of a proper two party system, with a genuine opposition. I think what they mean is it marks the end of the technocratic, photogenic politics of smooth talking media actors that all look and sound the same, but that has been so since last year really (in potential). But the return of “two party politics” requires enough of the population to believe in both alternatives, rather than believing in neither.

It’s quite true that Theresa May conducted an awful campaign, while Jeremy Corbyn plugged into a youth vote that (sorry kids) hasn’t yet learnt what leftists come down to. You can’t blame them for swallowing the drivel, when the alternative is portraying itself as a “strong and stable” vampire, but it’s crap, and it really isn’t the shining dawn some people think, nor in fact does it change anything about the issue of Brexit, which is the most momentous issue that faces us, way beyond this decade.

That people opposed the bad policies of the Tories (and they have them) is a very reasonable thing. That people opposed the bad policies of the Labour Party (and they have them too) is also a reasonable thing. That we have more of an opposition, however unhinged, is a healthy thing for a democracy. The bad thing is that it will have given encouragement to Corbyn’s bunch of bright eyed ideologues, Marxist collectivists, feminist hatejobs, identity politicos and luvvie delusionalists (plus the illiberal antidemocratic Lib Dems). The government is weak, the opposition untrustworthy, so the “health” of the situation is pretty questionable.

May’s attitude was way better for Brexit, which will happen in the face of an EU which has no benign intentions towards anyone who wants to oppose it and its unaccountable ambitions. May still needs support in that, and whoever comes after her (however long she is there for) needs to have no illusions about the EU, and what a negotiation with them means.

So my position is to support Theresa May in her pursuance of Brexit, and advise people to not be taken in by ideas of “soft Brexit”, nor the pleas for a lovely friendly approach to negotiating. The unaccountable EU elite is not going to be “friendly”, so don’t kid yourselves.

But two party politics? I don’t think party politics is really even in there for most people. The lid isn’t going back on the rejection, and the rumble will just come back again.

* this would be with the DUP (who I have no love for), an idea which has been described as scandalous by Labour supporters, despite having been something the Labour Party were themselves pursuing in 2010.

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