Saturday 30 September 2023

Across The Frozen Aisle?

So 33 Conservative MPs have only just noticed how high taxes are, and unlike in the 1940s they are buying absolutely nothing, while Richard Walker has only just noticed that the Government is rubbish? He is clearly being lined up for a Labour seat in one House or the other, and thus for a Ministerial portfolio. But Labour's lead has fallen by five points this week, and is now only 10, translating into a projected overall majority of a mere 24. And there is still more than a year to go until the General Election.

When I tell you that there is going to be a hung Parliament, then you can take that to the bank. I spent the 2005 Parliament saying that it was psephologically impossible for the Heir to Blair's Conservative Party to win an overall majority. I predicted a hung Parliament on the day that the 2017 General Election was called, and I stuck to that, entirely alone, all the way up to the publication of the exit poll eight long weeks later. And on the day that Rishi Sunak became Prime Minister, I predicted that a General Election between him and Keir Starmer would result in a hung Parliament.

To strengthen families and communities by securing economic equality and international peace through the democratic political control of the means to those ends, including national and parliamentary sovereignty, we need to hold the balance of power. Owing nothing to either main party, we must be open to the better offer. There does, however, need to be a better offer. Not a lesser evil, which in any case the Labour Party is not.

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