Britain is going through a damaging period of uncertainty. The outcome of the EU referendum is certain, but what Brexit actually means, nobody really knows for certain. Theresa May thinks she knows what Brexit means, but when she crashes out of talks with the EU in the Autumn, she will realise that Brexit won’t mean what she keeps telling us it means.

The Tory party seems to have such confidence in their victory that they have rolled out a controversial pledge to allow MPs a vote on fox hunting, as well as a policy to scrap winter fuel payments for pensioners with more than £100,000 (when surely they are their target electorate?). However, I believe that their victory is anything from certain. The divisive Brexit vote has driven life-long tories to join Labour and the Liberal Democrats (LibDems) and young people, too, are very disillusioned with Theresa May and her backwards vision for their future.

Cowardly refusing to participate in a televised leaders debate on ITV, she instead turned up for a cosy interview on the BBC One Show (where they coincidentally blocked out the windows to conceal any passers by who might happen to be waving EU flags!). In the interview, she was joined by her husband and they discussed their “boy’s jobs and girl’s jobs” – hardly the visionary feminist many young women would hope to be leading the country.

Why did she do it?

There is a lot of speculation about the real reason Theresa May called the snap election. The guise of “strengthening our hand in Brexit negotiations” falls foul because she already had a mandate for Brexit, and the triggering of Article 50 went almost uncontested in parliament, no thanks to Jeremy Corbyn’s three line whip. The much more believable reason is that the Conservatives want to capitalise on the Labour party’s appalling rating in the polls and position themselves for the greatest power grab in Westminster, which will allow Theresa May’s government to push through more of her controversial policies. Another reason for the timing of this election is the high level of “Brexit optimism”, which will undoubtedly come crashing down when Theresa begins negotiations with Brussels and thus rapidly realises she can’t have everything her own way.

When the devastating social and economic impacts of Brexit begin to bite in real terms, the support for the conservatives rock-hard strategy will soon turn to regret. The conservative party won’t have to face the voter’s bitter resentment and disappointment gain until 2020. On the upside, hopefully, by then a significant proportion of the 14-17 year-olds whose futures will be blighted by Brexit will be able to swing the government back into a sane part of the political spectrum – although by then I fear it may be too late.
I think it is fundamentally wrong that the governing party should be allowed to call a snap election at a time of their choosing for the sake of power positioning. In the same way that it would be wrong for a government to extend their term for an indefinite period, both acts are simply undemocratic. Parliaments should serve for a fixed term with no possibility to manipulate the system. The cost of holding another General Election, 2 years early, and only one year after the advisory referendum on EU membership is utterly absurd and unjustifiable.

It’s all a game

It is another huge distraction from dealing with the real issues such as the education system, providing housing and the worsening crisis in the NHS which just goes to show the Conservative Party’s irresponsible behaviour. This party power positioning is the cause of the uncertainty that will have hugely damaging impacts on the British economy. What’s more, Theresa May who seemingly has no conviction in her beliefs, is playing politics like it is a game in which she will only act in the interests of her party and not “the People” who will suffer catastrophically from the Conservative government.
We will never have a true democracy until we have a PR voting system, unbiased (or representative) press coverage, parliaments that serve for a fixed term and a means of holding politicians to account. Given the lies, deceit and misinformation that won the vote to leave the EU and the meaningless three-word mantras and broken promises churned out by Theresa May, in the words of musician Jarvis Cocker, “perhaps we should consider calling off this hoax election and hold a public enquiry instead.”?

Madeleina Kay
Artist, Musician and Writer. A committed social activist and political campaigner. Young European of the Year 2018. Best known as #EUsupergirl.

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    1. In the 10 days since this went up Theresa May has not managed to say anything other than ‘strong and stable’. Take the example of the Paxman pseudo-debate. The only things she said about actual policy was covered in one sense or another by the same tired meme. Other than that, she devoted a disproportionate amount of time to slagging off Corbyn. Whilst his performance was not outstanding, at least he was humorous and attempted to respond to questions, even if those responses were sometimes off the mark. Looking at the campaign and Tor talk at the same time, we have Davis appearing to work against his party toward the downfall of the government when it totally fails to achieve anything in Brexit negotiations, Johnson simply opening his mouth and in the background other fools like Fallon showing just how ill suited to office so many of them are. Meanwhile there appears to be discontent in the party, although a deafening silence from the likes of Rees-Mogg, IDS, Leadsom and Gove who must sooner or later surface to calm rough waters – by pouring burning oil on them.
      May appears to be in charge, at least nobody else gets much say, unless it is like the above. So she carries the buck for abolishing school dinners, the ‘dementia tax’, benefits and pensions worries, NHS problems and possible unpopular privatisation, cutting back the police by 20,000 so that when the Manchester bombing occurred she put military on the streets. That not only vindicated the Police Federation’s displeasure with her but does not instil public confidence in her abilities to protect the nation. As for Brexit and impending negotiations, well she has rattled her sabre whereas the 27 countries she wishes to personally negotiate with, albeit they say they do not want her to be there, have simply provided an agenda.
      If the UK electorate return the present government with any kind of increased majority it will be the lemmings reaching the precipice to plunge into the sea. If there is at least a hung parliament, perhaps there will be some kind of redemption. Perhaps.

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