Editorial

Britain votes right

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 12/17/2019 10:41:04 AM IST

 With the recent resounding or thumping win by the Conservative Party in Britain, the course of British politics is going to take a significant shift towards the right. An unlikely contender in the initial period after Theresa May had to quit due to her inability to get a positive response from the EU over Britain leaving the common market; Boris Johnson has achieved what his immediate predecessors- Theresa May and David Cameron- could not in surpassing past wins. The Conservatives now have 365 parliamentary seats, a majority of 80 in the House of Commons. The result, which proved even more decisive than pollsters had forecast, follows a bitterly-fought and divisive election campaign. This is the best ever result for the Tories since 1987. It paves a smooth path for the Conservative Party leader to deliver on his poll slogan ‘get Brexit done’ by the stipulated January-end. However, the huge mandate and subsequent exit from the European Union in no way mark the end of the UK Prime Minister’s woes. Johnson will have to move with extreme caution since the tread thereafter is foggy as it charts the course for unseen territory.In addition to being mandated to deviate from EU regulation, negotiate its own trade relations and set its immigration rules, UK under Boris Johnson would also have to deal with the impact of losing out on tax benefits which would certainly cause a dent in the revenue. The huge mandate also brings more problems such as the Scottish nationalist demand for secession from Britain. The political fallout of Brexit on UK’s ties with Northern Ireland is fraught with difficulties in making a clean break from EU rules. As populist leaders hail the poll results, seeing in Brexit the potential to open new trade frontiers worldwide, the left and centrist parties find themselves pushed to isolation, like Britain’s Labour Party that has fallen to a new low.Labour leader Jeremy Corbin was touted as the likely successor by many in the media but the results belied even the highest expectations.The similarities with the US presidential election 2016 when Trump surprised everyone to defeat the media savvy and internationally well known Hillary Clinton. Thus, expectedly, the thumping Tories’ win has evinced much excitement in a world that is progressively tilting towards the right. Chief of the right wingers, US President Donald Trump has warmly applauded Johnson’s win and expressed hope for a ‘lucrative’ trade deal after Brexit. Closer Indo-UK ties are on Modi’s agenda as both the Indian diaspora and Boris backed his Kashmir stand during the polls.The free world economic giants led by the US, UK and Germany are gradually witnessing rise of right wingers. The game is divisive vote bank politics for power.The British voters have spoken and that could bring the Anglo-American super powers to a new vista of shared economies. The Tories want Britain to be independent of EU restrictions and impositions and in other words want to be “great again”. However it remains to be seen if Boris can fill in the shoes of Thatcherism as the UK embarks on its new journey.

 

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