Conservative Victory In UK Shows Path Forward For Trump’s GOP, If They Have The Wit To See It

Conservative Victory In UK Shows Path Forward For Trump’s GOP, If They Have The Wit To See It, by James Kirkpatrick.

Corbyn, warts and all, is the same man who almost toppled Theresa May’s government just two years ago. He faced the same accusations of anti-Semitism and extremism then. If none of this hurt him in 2017, why did it destroy Labour in 2019?

Simple. Corbyn had no clear message about Brexit. He endorsed a second referendum, which implicitly attacks the idea of democracy. Do people just keep voting until they get the “correct” result? …

In contrast, Boris Johnson was relentless. “Get Brexit done,” he repeatedly said. He aligned himself with small-d “democracy” and pledged to get this issue out of the way. Were it not for Boris Johnson’s passionate support for Brexit, there’s no way Brexit would have passed to begin with. Unlike May (a Remainer), people knew where Johnson stood.

I suspect that even many who weren’t happy about Brexit prefer a decision, any decision, to even more uncertainty. The markets certainly reacted this way, as the pound soared. A bad plan, violently executed, is better than a perfect plan hesitantly executed. Now, everyone knows that Brexit will happen, and the country can move on. …

American conservatives were overjoyed about Johnson’s victory because it seemingly “proved” Bernie Sanders-style socialism is a loser. They should be cautious. Boris Johnson pledged “record funding” for the National Health Service and more public spending on infrastructure. In the American political environment, Conservatism Inc. types would be screaming that Boris Johnson is a socialist.

Once Brexit is done, what do the Tories offer workers? There’s a real danger that these Conservatives will do what Republicans in America do. They’ll offer patriotic workers symbolic (and largely meaningless) victories in the culture war but won’t help them with populist economic policies. If the Tories don’t support British workers and revert to bland slogans about “free markets,” I wouldn’t be surprised if a post-Corbyn Labour party can win these voters right back once Brexit is out of the way. …

Labour is hopelessly split between urban, wealthy, pro-EU managerial elites and its former working-class base. Go on Twitter and look at the emotional screeds penned by effete weirdos who think Boris Johnson is the reincarnation of Benito Mussolini. What do these people have in common with the coal miners who fought Margaret Thatcher?

The 2016 government pamphlet mailed to every home in Britain, before the referendum. (Also, note the subliminal message: “we will replace you.”)

Furthermore, the Third World auxiliaries that Tony Blair’s government imported to “rub the Right’s nose in diversity” (their words) don’t respect the taboos about Israel. Labourites don’t just have a class conflict, but an ethnic conflict between Muslims and Jews within their own party. …

Johnson has managed to drive many Conservative Remainers out of the party, while expanding his party’s overall majority. The Conservative majority of David Cameron was a different party than Johnson’s Conservatives. This is an amazing political achievement. The Tories have deep divisions too, but this morning they clearly seem more united than Labour. …

Johnson is a squish on immigration and not the brave opponent of Political Correctness he’s made out to be. However, he’s also charismatic, intelligent, and ambitious, and he may deliver for immigration patriots and workers out of sheer self-interest. He knows which way the wind is blowing.