Why I’m voting Conservative in the snap election

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Yesterday, from out of nowhere, Prime Minister Theresa May decided to call a snap general election, which was passed in the House of Commons today, meaning of course that we’ll have yet another round of voting for us beleaguered Brits in about seven weeks time. To be honest, I had a slight suspicion that there might be an early election, but I was taken aback by how soon and sudden this came up. Before that, I decided that if a snap election were to occur, I would vote for the Conservatives, and now that there is a snap election, you probably know where this is going.

Some of you may find this odd. Why would I willingly cast my vote for the party that I spent the past few years excoriating with ceaseless zeal? Well for starters I am not the leftist teenager that I used to be, and I wish I had actually done more research back then too. Second, let’s consider the reality of the political situation in Britain today. Brexit is definitely happening now despite all the establishment’s attempts to stop it, and right now, Theresa May, whatever you may think of her policies, is the only politician with the ability and the will to make it happen.

UKIP is probably closer to my more libertarian positions, but they’re completely useless. Think about it for a moment. The one thing UKIP was founded for, Britain leaving the EU, is already being accomplished under the current government. As long as this is the case, UKIP has no purpose in the political arena, other than potentially stealing Labour seats from the north. In a normal election I suppose I would endorse the UK Libertarian Party, but I don’t think they will have much of an impact in a sudden snap election. Plus, I don’t know anyone running as an MP for the Libertarian Party who I can vote for.

While we’re here, let’s talk about the other parties. I hope nobody tries to convince me to vote for the Liberal Democrats, because they will quickly find it impossible to convince me to vote for the pack of snivelling sell-outs that the Lib Dems. Under Tim Farron, they’ve become a party for social justice warriors, as if the Green Party wasn’t already. I honestly think the Lib Dems want to fail. Their leader is a useless wimp, and they don’t seem to know how to appeal to ordinary voters. And then there’s Labour, the sad socialist club whose leader was practically salivating over the prospect of a snap election, one in which he will undoubtedly be crushed because he is less popular than most British politicians. At this point, they’d do better if they kept Ed Miliband as leader. Even worse are Corbyn’s deluded fans, those larping revolutionaries who will finally get the chance to campaign for their dear leader, lose, then protest the outcome and start a petition to kick the Tories out.

I should reiterate that I don’t actually agree with most of the Tories’ policies. In fact, if I was a Tory, I’d probably be a very crappy Tory. My policies, which would be considered centre-right in America, would probably be considered too far-right for the Conservatives, which I mostly consider to be conservative in name only. The main reason I am voting Conservative in this election is because I know exactly why Theresa May called this election. It’s a move to strengthen her majority, and giver her government democratic legitimacy, all while thinning out the Labour opposition while it’s already weak. In short, I think she wants to attain a larger majority, which will be easier for her to work with while she’s negotiating the Brexit terms with Brussels.

I know full well that the snap election is a political power move on Theresa May’s part, but I am not voting for the Tories on ideological lines. You may remember that I wrote in favour of leaving the EU. Now that we are leaving the EU, this country needs a capable leader who will deliver on the will of the people, and at the moment the only one who can rise to the challenge is Theresa May. I dislike much of her policies, but I think leaving the European Union takes precedent over everything else at the moment, and I want a government that will deliver on its promise. If Theresa May wants her democratic mandate then as far as I’m concerned she can have it. After all, she has thus far demonstrated that she is more than capable of delivering Brexit, while Labour, the Lib Dems and the Green Party have openly opposed it, and UKIP will do nothing to help, having served its purpose.

I leave you with some predictions for the election in June:

  1. The Tories will win in a landslide victory, increasing their majority by at least 40 seats.
  2. Labour will lose at least 30 seats, and Jeremy Corbyn will either resign or be challenged in a new leadership contest some time in the autumn.
  3. The Lib Dems won’t gain or lose many seats, UKIP will probably steal seats from Labour if they gain any at all.

I doubt that it will be a very exciting campaign however, given how exhausted the general public is when it comes to national politics. One thing I can guarantee is that, after the Tories win again, the left-wing media and the progressive busy-bodies will throw a hissy fit yet again, but this time nobody will care.

However you vote in June’s election, I hope that people won’t pick each other apart over they plan to vote, or are at least less enthused about it than they were in last year’s bitterly divisive referendum campaign.

The fall of Labour

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“The Dying Rose” by Janina-Photography on deviantART

The political fallout from Brexit has so far been spectacular in its brutality, with the Tory split now being wider and more pronounced than ever before, Scotland whining about how it wants another independence referendum, and a bunch of whining youngsters from London crying over the last weekend. However, the biggest casualty of all was the Labour Party, which even as I write this is busy cannibalising itself to oblivion.

For those of you who live outside the UK, Labour is Britain’s major left-wing political party. As I see it, they’re basically the party that young people vote for whenever they want the Tories out of power, or because they believe that Labour will make a fairer Britain. Whenever the conservatives are in power, Labour is referred to as the opposition because they tend to gain more seats that the other competing parties aside from the Conservatives. In government, they are usually the well-meaning but incompetent political party, much like the Democrats in America. By contrast, the Conservatives are the major right-wing political party, and they’re known for running competent but sometimes overbearing governments, much like the U.S. Republicans. To my knowledge, most of the prime ministers that have ever been elected since the office was created have been Conservative Party members, so I’m guessing either they do a damn good job in government, or they’re very good at getting votes.

After Brexit, several Labour MP’s blamed Jeremy Corbyn’s performance for the failure of the Remain campaign, and as a result, twelve members of his shadow cabinet resigned in protest, along with five of his shadow ministers. Several members of the Labour Party are giving Jeremy a motion of no confidence, and openly challenging his leadership, possibly leading to another leadership contest. Jeremy obviously has no intention of resigning, and has recently stated that he will continue standing as the party leader, standing as a candidate in the leadership contest.

Of course, one might blame the downfall of the Labour Party on Brexit, but I contend that the Labour Party has had serious problems before Brexit. All the referendum did was expose the problems of Labour. The party always claims to stand for the working people, but as we saw in the referendum, they apparently don’t care about the problems facing the working class. Why else would some of Labour’s strongholds in the North vote Leave? The answer is because Labour has failed them, and I imagine that this has been a lingering sentiment for a long time.

In 1997, we elected Tony Blair, the first Labour PM since 1979, when the party was defeated by Margaret Thatcher. Until then, the Conservatives continued to remain in government for the next 18 years, first under Thatcher and then under John Major in 1992. When Tony Blair was elected, he was unlike any other Labour prime minister we’ve seen before. He was more of a right-leaning centrist like then-US president Bill Clinton, than a left-leaning socialist like any of his predecessors. The ideological differences between Blair’s wing of the party and the traditional leftists in the party were so stark that Blair’s party was called “New Labour”. Even today, those who support Blair’s policies and the centrist ideology of New Labour are called “Blairites”, while the more hard-left Labour backers would now be called “Corbynites”.

Given that Tony Blair is to date the only Labour leader to win three consecutive elections and lose none (having resigned in 2007), you’d think that he would be revered by the Labour Party, but he’s actually rather unpopular in his own party, and in the wider British public, and I can see why. He’s unpopular amongst Labour MP’s because he embraced capitalism rather than rejecting it, and also attempted to rid the party of its left-wing elements in his attempts to modernise the party (this is the New Labour I mentioned earlier), generating strong animosity between him and his chancellor Gordon Brown, who took office following Blair’s resignation.

Blair was also the man who led the UK into the Iraq War without popular consent, and refused to apologise for it. He might have been forgiven had the Iraq War been successful, but not only did it fail to bring peace to Iraq, the destabilisation of the country also created the ideal conditions for the rise of ISIS, and other Islamic extremists in the area. He also managed to offend both the left and the right because of his failure to control immigration. Indeed, the legacy of Blair’s Labour seemed to taint the reputation of the party, but I think Gordon Brown did worse. Brown’s government oversaw the worst financial crisis in global history, and he bailed out the banks. On top of that, his government was implementing some very bizarre policies, like the time the government considered making a quarter of the adult population face “anti-paedophile tests”, in what I could only describe as overbearing government paranoia.

Needless to say, Brown failed miserably in the three years he served as PM. He lost to a Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition (which would later become one of the most maligned governments in history), and the Labour Party became virtually unelectable. They later elected a new leader, Ed Miliband, and I frankly don’t understand how he got elected. Miliband was basically an inept buffoon incapable of competing with the Conservatives. Somehow I’d rather have David Cameron than him. Basically Ed Miliband was a PR disaster for the party, and his ineptitude led to another Labour defeat in 2015. On policy, he only ever seemed to make his point in reaction to whatever the government did (for instance, whenever energy prices went up, he called for controls), and as far as personality goes, he often seemed awkward, and he never really connected with the people he wanted to vote for him.

With all that in mind, it’s no wonder the working class people have been rejecting Labour. If it’s not just that, then I would blame Labour’s policies. Labour’s entire strategy is convincing poor people that rich people are making them poorer, and that’s quite rich coming from a bunch of middle class leftists. Labour MPs have also been wasting their time on social justice issues (such as censoring “sexist” video games and “reclaiming” the internet), with the party itself becoming the party of the modern social justice warrior. None of this has anything to do with the interest of working class, with all the SJW’s filling shadow cabinet seats (Harriet Harman comes to mind), it seems that the Labour Party has lost touch with the very people they purport to represent. They have become the party of The Guardian, The Independent, the anti-democratic European Union, and of all the pretentious middle class liberals who tout themselves as progressives who believe in democracy, but then whine when the popular vote doesn’t go their way, as they did after the 2015 election, and again after Brexit.

So there you have it. The Labour of today is now hopelessly divided, and most jarringly, has lost touch with the average man. The consequences of this are obvious, with the Labour Party still reeling from their failed EU campaign, and Jeremy Corbyn facing a revolt from his own party. As I see it, the party that once championed the working class now has its head so far up where the sun doesn’t shine that it blames the leader they elected for failure of a Remain campaign that, to be frank, was destined to fail.

Now, I actually don’t mind Jeremy Corbyn, but I don’t think he’s that good a leader. He supported EU membership just to keep his own party together, and that didn’t work out so well. He’s only been the Labour leader for nine months and already he’s got a good chunk of the party wanting to oust him. If anything, this is so far a worse performance than Ed Miliband. I’m no Labour supporter, but I think there’s dark times ahead for Labour party, and at this rate, they’ll have very little chance of beating the Conservative government, especially if Boris Johnson becomes the new Tory leader.

Unlocking the nation’s chastity belt

 

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British politics is in quite a sorry state. The Tories are apparently so childish that they actively drown out whatever point opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn tries to make, and Labour is hopelessly divided, which brings us to a particular issue that Labour has decided to bicker about. Last week, Jeremy Corbyn upset various members of his own party by saying  to students at Goldsmiths University that he would prefer to decriminalize sex industry, on the grounds that he would not “want people to be criminalized”. This statement was made two months after Leeds introduced a fully legal red light district, which was set up after recent research had found that police action against sex workers failed to reduce levels of prostitution in the area.

While Corbyn’s reasons were quite valid, he’s inadvertently revealed that people in his own party aren’t exactly ready for this discussion, as perhaps best demonstrated by the temper tantrum thrown by Harriet Harman, who openly stated that “women should be protected and men prosecuted”. Similarly, another Labour MP, Caroline Flint, spent her energies riling up the Labour backbenchers into a frenzy over the matter, and has consistently posted outraged rants on Twitter espousing the claim that prostitution is “not an industry”, and claiming that “few people in the sex industry are there by choice”.

Of course, Flint and others like her have made a plethora of claims about prostitution and the sex industry, but these have not been backed by any sort of statistical evidence. In fact, when one sex worker asked Caroline Flint to back up her claims, she was blocked. The Labour MP continued blocking other sex workers and activists from responding to her tweets, under the delusion that she and others like her are protecting sex workers. It seems very obvious that people like Caroline Flint and Harriet Harman have no idea how to treat sex workers, since they’re treating them as if they can’t make their own choices, and since they’re always referring to female sex workers, it’s literally not very much different to how sexist they perceive the sex industry to be. Say what you will about prostitution, but which is more sexist – an industry where men can pay for sex with women (or the other way around), or politicians treating female sex workers like children?

For me, this is the other thing that is very weird about the discussion of prostitution. Whenever most people discuss the sex industry, whether in politics or not, they always refer to female sex workers, even though there are male prostitutes (and a wide range of words for them). Depressingly, any talk about the sex industry in the political arena is almost bound to involve slut shaming, and if that’s not enough, it’s mainly the female MP’s that seem to be doing a lot of the shaming. It shouldn’t be too surprising though, because in this country, they’re the ones enforcing the narrative that sex work is rape, sex workers are victims without agency, and that willing prostitutes are “handmaidens of the patriarchy”. That does not sound like a party that empowers women. In fact, they sound no different to the conservatives.

That’s why Jeremy Corbyn’s call to decriminalize the sex industry is important. He revealed just how little Labour’s zealously prudish backbenchers cared about the rights of sex workers. People like Harriet Harman believe that they want to protect sex workers from exploitation, and have readily accused Jeremy Corbyn of “betraying women” and “supporting pimps”. What they won’t allow themselves to realize (and probably would realize if they did the research) is that not only do many prostitutes do sell sex on their volition (even if it’s mainly for the money), but also that, if prostitution was completely legal, pimps would actually have less power than they would if prostitution was completely illegal. In countries where it isn’t, most prostitutes wouldn’t be likely to call the cops for fear of legal reprisals, thus they wouldn’t be able to do anything about the risk of physical assault from either their pimps or their clients.

As for the so-called “Nordic model”, which criminalises the purchasing of services from a sex worker, there are numerous testimonies from sex workers who say that it has done more to harm women in the sex trade than helping them. In turn, the Nordic model sounds more like the 18th Amendment, with idealistic intentions and poor results. If such a model were introduced in the UK, we’d only be taking a step backward, and all because most of this country’s politicians can’t talk about the sex industry in a frank and mature fashion. Yes, sex work has been known to be a dangerous profession under certain circumstances, but tighter criminalization of the trade will not do anything to help them, and will only make matters worse.

The red top menace

Note: Red top is a slang term a slang term for any tabloid newspaper. Most, if not all tabloids in the UK have a red top on the front page.

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I’m sure you all remember what happened in July 2011. It was revealed that the News of the World newspaper hacked into various phones, including Hugh Grant, and the voice-mails of Milly Dowler. These revelations and others eventually caused the death of the paper, on July 11th 2011, while sealing the deal for News Corp’s descent into a state of being universally hated by everyone around them. It was a victory for the victims, and those who just wanted to see the death of the tabloids, such as myself.

That’s right, I hate tabloids. If you’ve read my “I’m a Celeb” post, the reasons should be obvious. But I want to expand on it. Everyone knows what a tabloid newspaper is; a newspaper with simple and sensational writing techniques that give more prominence to celebrity gossip, sports, and even hoaxes, than they give to real news.

The first reason why I hate tabloids is because they are dumb. They’re written in a way that can appeal to idiots, and it’s dumbing us all down. The sad part is that the people don’t even care about it. They only read them more than broadsheets because they’re ridiculously cheap.

The second reason I hate them is because they are hypocrites. The tabloid papers, their editors, and their creators claim be morally right, while simultaneously slapping pictures of topless girls on the third page in such a manner that it borders on softcore pornography (the Page 3 phenomenon). Considering how easy it is for kids to get their hands on them, that means they can’t even live up to their “think of the children” mentality. Another aspect of their hypocrisy worth noting is their blatant political allegiances. The Sun and the Daily Star are officially populists (though they seem more likely to support the Conservatives), and the Daily Mirror supports Labour. However, I think it’s not really loyal in this regard. Because all tabloids want to appeal to everyone, they’ll espouse the most commonly held opinions in order to sell papers.

Also, they have the habit of distorting the truth and reporting whatever they damn well please if it meant selling papers. Even mere slander to them counts as news.

Basically this except on paper, and in Britain.

Basically this except on paper, and in Britain.

The third and final reason why I hate them is there seemingly perverted obsession with celebrities, especially female celebrities. Remember the phone hacking scandal? Part of it was that the News of the World hacked into the phones of celebrities to get stories. Let’s think about this for a second. If it weren’t for the tabloids, Katie Price wouldn’t have become famous. Katie Price is part of the price we pay for allowing the hypocrisy of the tabloids to go unpunished. They place celebrity culture as more important than real news, and thus the tabloids have paved the way for the corruption of our culture for decades to come. In fact, they’re the ones behind our modern, celebrity-driven culture.

And that is why the red top tabloids are menaces to our society. I could write a song and it would illustrate this point. I hear there are going to be new rules put in place to regulate newspapers. If they get passed, hopefully they should teach those tabloids a lesson.