At the time of publication, the UK is 32 days away from voting in the snap general election. In the last few days, much of the UK held local council and mayoral elections. Over the course of the local elections, the Conservative Party made a net gain of 558 seats leaving them with a total of 1900 council seats. Meanwhile, Labour made a net loss of 320, UKIP 114 and the Liberal Democrats 37 council seats.
The end result being that the Tories control roughly 40% of all UK local council seats. Without an in-depth analysis of these local election results, it is most likely that the UK is heading to an overwhelming Tory landslide.
Labour, who appear to have remained on schedule for collapse, find themselves wavering not only as a Political Party but Democratically more importantly as a governmental opposition.At the last UK General Election, in 2015, the Tories escaped with a narrow
At the last UK General Election, in 2015, the Tories escaped with a narrow 5 seat majority, largely due to the fall of Labour and the Lib Dems. However, despite this pathetic majority, the Labour party have been useless in presenting any form of opposition. In fact, the Tories have passed a series of bills which the public have found unpopular, however, the awareness of these bills has been next to nothing because it has been so easy for the Tories to pass whatever they want.
Most crucially, the progression of Brexit has gone through relatively unhindered by the opposition, despite its narrow victory in the referendum and decreasing popularity amongst the British public.
Therefore, the question has to be asked, what has been the point of having Labour as the opposition party? They have done nothing for their voters or the people who have been against the actions taken by the Tory party.
Instead, besides EU leaders, the greatest opposition to the Theresa May has possibly been finding empty rooms in Scotland to fill with Tory supporters instead of locals, or the Scottish National Party themselves.
However, as the likelihood that the Tories will sweep a landslide majority grows, as does the likeliness the SNP’s push for Scottish independence will succeed. Leaving the rest of us poor members of the UK without a capable opposition party.
Therefore, provided the Tories continue their policy of standing by the First-Past-the-Post electoral system, it becomes highly realistic that the Tories will never lose a general election again. If Scotland goes as does the only region of the UK, excluding Northern Ireland, that strongly votes against the Tory party. Excluding small areas, the Tories dominate England and have a growing presence in Wales.
So my question to you the reader is, when do we accept that the UK is a one-party state?
Is it now? With no strong opposition party willing or able to fight against the Tories.
Is it in 35 days when the labour party collapses, UKIP disappears, the Lib Dems celebrate 30 seats, the SNP once again controls Scotland, and the Tories take a landslide majority?
Or, is it when Scotland leaves the UK and the Tories win multiple consecutive elections?