This week, on Thursday, Britain will choose a new prime minister and hopefully a sensible government will emerge that will steer the nation during a period fraught with internal security problems which have resulted in the deaths recently of innocent people, including children, in a wave of violence that we haven’t experienced in its ferocity for many years.
Apart from all this, we now face a future where Brexit will determine whether Great Britain will prosper, as the Tories tell us, or find ourselves worse off, as Europe gangs up against us. We could feel isolated in a world where expediency rather than historical alliances, such as the special relationship we claim to have with the United States, among other things, will come to bolster our efforts to remain a powerful nation whose economy and past glories are still a force to be reckoned with.
Theresa May seems to have lost her way lately and might prove a liability on various counts. Firstly, she has perhaps unwittingly taken a bombastic attitude where her own exaggeration of her abilities is making the electorate weary; even rather despondent for the sudden change in her personality that reveals an iciness and lack of the necessary charm and charisma a political leader needs these days to ride comfortably in a complex election, that she herself called for.
To top it all, her manifesto, which I referred to in a previous blog, is the worst a Tory government has ever presented, and does very little to help the middle classes, as well as the working majority, to lighten their tax burden, in contrast to the very rich who now enjoy a bonanza of wealth unheard of in previous years.
Having said that, the alternative is not much rosier. Jeremy Corbyn, contrary to expectations, has proved to be a good debater with a youthful following that could propel him to 10, Downing Street. But his manifesto is not feasible in economic terms and will no doubt alienate the powerful business community and cause financial turbulence from which Labour is not well placed to contain. The pound will fall to a level which may prove hard to control and Brexit negotiations will flounder for lack of the desired impetus. As a result, London might subsequently lose its standing as one of the great cities of the world and cause a recession that is hard to predict at this stage.
However, what will be truly disastrous is if the Tories were to win with a large majority, and Mrs May will use her victory to seek a hard Brexit and divide the nation in the process. Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will then add to our misery by demanding independence and eventually achieve it.
In conclusion, I’m bracing myself for bad news whilst hoping that common sense will prevail and a sensible Tory government bereft of pomposity will negotiate a Brexit where we remain Europeans and comrades in arms but responsible for our own destiny.