Britain: A country divided

Brexit. The hot word on every Brits lips in recent days. The ugly hydra of a topic has once again re-surged with the election looming. The divide that had once separated many once again calls on age old rivalry to bolster its name. In one corner we have the Conservative party. Judge jury and executioners of the referendum itself, archetypes of the snap election and overall booked-to-win. In the other corner, a potential underdog. Jeremy Corbyn and his socialist cronies promise the world to all, including a fair Brexit deal.

With election just today, in which an expected increase turnout of voters are expected to cash in, I feel it is time to reconcile what each of the crucial parties aim to do, and how it has some of the county more divided than ever before. We can start with the Conservatives. Having led the past government under David Cameron, the Conservatives look set to change the country for the better, and the facts don’t lie about the progress they have made so far. With a decrease in national deficit, and a decrease in unemployment, the figures are looking good. However a slew of scandals has muddied the somewhat refined image of the party. Theresa May’s constant refusal of debate has led to an outcry of weakness from critics, this combined with proposed cuts to more vital sectors of British society are what makeup most of the ammunition for Labour supporters across the country.

More recently in response to the London attacks, May has called for a ‘stronger response’ and said that “rights may be sacrificed in the name of safety”. While this has received praise from most on the right wing (following Paul Nuttal’s comments during a televised debate) it has garnered some concern from critics who say she will use it to push a snooper agenda behind the scenes.

Participants hold a British Union flag and an EU flag during a pro-EU referendum event at Parliament Square in London

Meanwhile on the socialist front, Jeremy aims to bring Britain back to a 1970’s style hellish landscape, by giving yet more power to the workers unions. Not only this, but the Labour party promises to raise the minimum wage, raise spending in areas of welfare, raise police spending, as well as demanding a construction of new housing (upto 100,000 a year). All of which have begged the question, how is he going to fund it? Well, to him the answer is simple, by raising corporation taxes and taxing the higher earners withing British society. Now as for his critics, well they say that a higher corporation tax will shake business even more after the wake of Brexit which already saw large firms threatening to relocate to Europe. This tax may well push them over the edge. Not only this, but between these two proposed tax increases, many still fail to see it providing enough for all the planned changes. As for social scandals, it has been revealed time aand time again that Jeremy Corbyn was in favour of the IRA during years past and has been directly quoted as saying that “force of arms is the only method capable of bringing about a free and united Socialist Ireland”.

As for the response to the London attacks, nothing of particular note has arisen from the Labour party, and so I will use this space to outline how both parties have tried to engage the younger electorate. The Labour party has geared a large portion of its policy towards the younger voter, promising to scrap tuition fees and add yet another bill to their proposed government. Meanwhile the Conservatives have stuck to their traditional voter base, and generally tried to please as many as possible with the promise of lower taxes. Of course one of the large factors in this election is the majority of UKIP voters, who now find themselves deciding on who to vote next. It is presumed they will turn blue tomorrow, as May promises a ‘hard Brexit’.

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As for my personal opinion, I genuinely believe that the Conservative party will win a majority, as it had been predicted since the start of the election run. Quite frankly I wouldn’t have it any other way, to me, ‘Comrade Corbyns’ promises seem all too good to be true. To quote some of May’s words, I frankly believe Corbyn thinks there is some ‘magic money tree’ that will provide our country with enough sustenance. However only time will tell, and admit with some despair that I believe the majority of younger voters will go red tomorrow, lured in by the promise of ‘free’ education. If the European Union and it’s divorce bill have taught us anything, it is that nothing is ever truly ‘free’.

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