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Again. Unlike America, where the courts and RepubliCAN’Ts collude with Democrats to corrupt our elections, with the intent of keeping the wrong kind of voters from actually imposing accountability on the political class, the United Kingdom has well-run honest elections. Their off-year elections, after the 2019 general election that shocked the world, were supposed to be in 2020, but were postponed because of “COVID.” As a result, this years elections plus 2020 contests came together in an unusual confluence that looks closer to a U.S. midterm election. It became the first change for the whole voting public to render judgment about all that has happened over the past year. It turns out that Labour is still found badly wanting and Boris Johnson has not been deemed worthy of reproach for his handling of the pandemic. The votes are not all counted, and the full results will not be known until some point on Sunday, yet the rough outlines are clear.
Yes, Labour managed to hang onto power in the Welsh legislature, and Sadiq Khan hung onto the mayoralty of London against a dynamic younger black Conservative man, Shaun Bailey. That, however, was a disaster for a party thrown out of so many seats about 18 months ago. Changing the face of the party fooled no one. The great British public was having none of it. Yes, the Scots may make a play for some sort of independence, most likely to extort England against defending national sovereignty against Eurocrats. Yet the SNP’s ambitions must be checked by the cold reality of a British public that is rejecting the leftist elites.
While Brendan O’Neill of Spiked and Melanie Phillips could be counted on to hammer home what they believe to be Labour and the cultural elite’s obstinate tone-deafness, it was a Labour MP, Khalid Mahmood, who offered the hardest, clearest condemnation of the Labour Party.