For the many million Remainers still shaking their heads at the circus of solipsism offered by the Left and the cod-patriotic mendacity offered by the Right, there is now one big question: who to vote for on 8th June?
The Tory party is in the grip of some of the most fatuous politicians ever to consider themselves guardians of a national future. The Labour Party has moved in ten years from dominant to powerful to plausible to embarrassing to delusional to its current status—best characterised as some kind of live performance-art work that openly celebrates self-harm. In England and Wales, that leaves the Liberal Democrats as a last, threadbare refuge.
A quick digression. Do not let anyone tell you anything other than that the Liberal Democrats performed the greatest possible national service in the Coalition Government of 2010-2015; the list of punitive and kamikaze Tory policies they blocked or moderated is too long to relate here. No further evidence is needed, surely, of the Lib Dem influence for the national good than the ongoing eisteddfod of cluelessness and rupture that has overtaken our country since the Tories were left in charge without them.
At the last election The Conservatives got 37 per cent of the vote (and only 24 per cent of those eligible to vote). So let’s be clear: what Theresa May and the “Leave” Tories are doing here is turning the 52 per cent “mandate” into something like, say, a 40 per cent “mandate” that is covertly only, say, a 25 per cent “mandate.” And with this sweeping up 100 per cent of the power. To do with as they please—which we now know means downgrading most aspects of the British polity in order to banish a few baffled Polish builders whom they’ll probably have to re-admit anyway if we’re to start fixing the housing crisis. Instead of standing by and looking on with slack-jawed amazement at the sheer pointlessness of it all, what can the other 75 per cent do?
The answer begins with three obvious points. First, vote. Second, if you are related to anyone under 25, you now have a serious moral duty to wake them up and get them to the polling station on 8th June. You don’t get to feel good about voting in the UK…