This is a repost of a blog I published a couple of weeks ago. After publishing this post, an issue occurred with my blog which meant numerous people couldn’t access my website. This issue has now been resolved, however; it has meant I need to re-publish this article. Regardless, give it a read and let me know your thoughts!

Boris Johnson has clinched a historic Conservative general election victory today, in a landslide victory. This election triumph is historic with the conservative winning at least 333 seats, a gain of 43, and labour only winning 197 seats, a loss of 55. This majority would be the most prominent Conservative win since Margaret Thatcher’s in 1987.

The election victory has also prompted the resignation of Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn. He stated, “I will not lead the party in any future general election campaign”, meaning that a long reflection and rebuilding period is on the horizon for the Labour party.

So what now for Brexit?

January 31st seems to be the day when England will finally leave the European Union. British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, will be able to pass the European Union withdrawal agreement through parliament, years after the initial Brexit vote in 2016.

What this election does provide for the UK, is a sense of direction, hopefully. Johnson has been voted in overwhelmingly, and due to the majority within the House of Commons, it is looking more likely of decisive action taking place within the British government. Johnson also reiterated in his victory speech his other election promises such as his aim to make the UK carbon neutral by 2050, highlighting that although this will always be considered as the Brexit election, other matters aren’t being forgotten about.

As an Australian, I look to my own government while reflecting on the result in the UK. We have now witnessed three successive elections in America, Australia and England where the conservative party has dominated over the left. Although this is not necessarily bad, the leaders of these conservative parties in the UK and America are new conservatives. They are populist outfits that have no interest in coherent ideology but have a ready willingness to exploit fear. They talk when they want to, and when they don’t want to, they merely walk away and refuse to answer any questions. My hope is that Australia doesn’t fall into this same trap, as we are already witnessing the passive nature of Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

For now, Johnson is in power, and it looks like the Brexit drama may finally be over. I hope that the British government can find some unity in this period so that they can lead effectively, efficiently, and adequately represent the people.

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12 thoughts on “Boris Johnsons Victory

  1. Regarding your final paragraph, Boris Johnson’s victory has already produced unity with the British government – his party has a big parliamentary democracy, and has effectively eased out or silenced those of its MPs whose views differ from his own. However there is little unity amongst the people as a whole; as a nation we are more profoundly divided than I can ever remember, and a few platitudes and the odd sweetmeat tossed to the disgruntled hordes – of whom I am one – won’t allow him to put Humpty Dumpty back together again. I sincerely hope “Australia doesn’t fall into the same trap,” though when viewed from afar Mr Morrison’s untimely Hawaiian excursion doesn’t bode well.

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    1. Thank you for your insights! Very interesting to hear the split between the government and the people. Do you think Johnson is capable of uniting the people like he has the government? Mr Morrison has a lot to prove in 2020. If he can do it, I can see him being Prime Minister for a long time to come. If not, it does not bode well for our nation.

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      1. Johnson commands a slight majority of the population, but I think he is unlikely to win over a significant proportion of the many of the millions of people who didn’t vote for him last month. Even populists struggle to achieve unity, as so many people can see through them (look at the situation in the USA, for example)! However in Britain right now the opposition is so weak and divided that Johnson’s position is stronger – by default – than it ought to be. Time will tell …

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      2. Ah I see. The common charateristic of many Western democracies at the moment. The left has just destructed themselves, leaving an unpopular right to take power. It was the same in Australia. The Labour Party lost the ‘unloseable’ election leading to the rise of the Liberal party.

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  2. The Brexit drama is only just beginning: At the end of the transition period the UK will have no trade deals with anyone and it will need to put in place 200 – unless it is agreed that the UK can still use the EU ones. This could go on for decades

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  3. Simeon,

    nice article.

    I really think that Boris might actually be a good thing for the UK. True, he’s no Margaret Thatcher, but when this fine lady first came to power, she also was new at the task, and she developed across the years. I think that Boris will do the same.

    However, the first, main, and only thing that had to be done first was to stop all the ‘waffling’ about, and get Brexit done. The people voted for it in the referendum years ago, and all the politicians did in the time between then and now was to back and forth and make political mileage from what their side of politics thought, the politicians, not the people who voted for it.

    What this General Election did was to solidify what the PEOPLE themselves wanted, and now the task is to go ahead and do it.

    Once THAT is done, then they can get on with the many tasks that follow from that decision. That can all be worked out in the coming Months and years.

    Keep in mind here that the UK is inherently stronger than a lot of those other EU Members, and that the EU needed the UK more than the UK needed the EU.

    As a politician once said ….. The people are usually always right.

    Tony.

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    1. Thank you for your comment! Yes, I felt the same way in the lead-up to the election. I thought that a victory for Johnson would allow Brexit to go through and then other matters which have been neglected over the past few years could finally be looked into. Do you see any negative impacts for the UK on leaving Brexit? And what is your opinion on the situation with Scotland?

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      1. I feel sure that if there are any negative impacts, they will be worked through. The EU will try to impose their will on the UK, but that will be seen for what it is, the EU STILL wanting to have control over what happens in the UK. The UK should control its own destiny, and not be beholden to the faceless ‘men’ in Brussels.

        As for Scotland, if they can truly go their own way, then let them. However, as has always been the case here all along, they want to go their own way, do their own thing, control their own destiny, and then, as always, Have England pay for it all. If England is still to keep paying for it all, then they (Scotland) must make some concessions.

        Tony.

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