Corbyn's refusal to say he would push nuclear button 'really spine-chilling'
- Author: Joanne Flowers Jun 04, 2017,
Jun 04, 2017, 14:30
UK: What does Theresa May stand for?
May called the snap election in a bid to strengthen her hand in negotiations on Britain's exit from the European Union, to win more time to deal with the impact of the divorce and to strengthen her grip on the Conservative Party.
The opposition Labour Party, which in polls has closed to within as few as three percentage points behind the Conservatives from a gap of 24 points last month, seized on the Tories' mixed messages, with Leader Jeremy Corbyn saying "there's complete chaos going on at the top of the government".
Immigration remains a key issue with May accused of not being able to reduce migration as promised during her years as Home Secretary and even now unable to put a figure on how many migrants would be permitted to come here.
If she fails to handsomely beat the 12-seat majority her predecessor David Cameron won in 2015, her electoral gamble will have failed and her authority will be undermined both inside the Conservative Party and at talks with 27 other European Union leaders. The Liberal Democrats on 9% and Ukip on 4% are both unchanged.
The May local elections are seen as a test for the upcoming general election. If this were carried through to the election, the Conservatives would win a substantial majority.
The Ipsos MORI poll found May's personal ratings had fallen, although she still held a 15-point lead over Corbyn over who would make the better prime minister.
His stance won support from some. But this support itself served as a weak point challenging the validity of May's leadership. Sooner or later the British were bound to ask who created all of this uncertainty, and sooner or later the blame was bound to fall on the Conservative Party, whose leaders launched the referendum and who have run the country since it happened.
Opponents hinted that the 60-year-old did not secure premiership through general elections, meaning she lacked a popular mandate.
"The most likely outcome here is a Tory (Conservative) victory, but a Tory victory no longer certain of an increased majority", she told BBC radio.
At the start of the campaign May's advantage was 49/14.
May had sparked wild controversy by introducing a party program that compromises on social welfare for the elderly-before, May was also criticized for cuts effecting the police and public services government since 2010, which were partly blamed for the deadly terrorist attack on Manchester that harvested the lives of 22 people.
Commenting on recent polls predicting a sharp drop in the number of Tory seats, Conservative candidate for Mitcham and Morden, Alicia Kearns told Asharq Al-Awsat she does not trust polls in Britain. These include a pledge to spend billions renewing the Trident nuclear submarine fleet (which Corbyn has previously strongly opposed) and a commitment to spend at least 2% of GDP on the military.
In 2015 there was a surprise, when the Conservatives won an overall majority that nearly no-one foresaw.
A recipe for indecision and stalemate, a coalition government is a cabinet of a parliamentary government in which multiple political parties cooperate, reducing the dominance of any one party.
Also tipping the balance was a surprising registration of some 3 million additional voters among which are a dashing million millennials.
"(Turnout) is the big unknown, it is one of the reasons why there is a difference between all the polls at the moment", said Anthony Wells, director of political and social research at pollsters YouGov. The lyrics are extremely blunt ("she's a liar, liar") and they echo the language of the Labour Party, whose quasi-Marxist rhetoric describes a wrecked country in need of revolutionary change: "Nurses going hungry, schools in decline".
He held back from giving a formal endorsement - despite screamed requests from the crowd - but drew extensive parallels between Corbyn's work in the United Kingdom and his own campaign, which almost propelled him to the Democratic candidacy for president.