Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves 10 Downing Street to travel to Buckingham Palace, London, to meet with Queen Elizabeth II on Friday, Dec. 13, 2019. Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party has won a solid majority of seats in Britain’s Parliament â€” a decisive outcome to a Brexit-dominated election that should allow Johnson to fulfil his plan to take the U.K. out of the European Union next month. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
UK voters just roundly rebuked the Labour Party and it’s brash and arrogant leader Jeremy Corbyn by giving Boris Johnson more time as Prime Minister, despite the latter’s support being only lukewarm.
But Johnson, unlike his opponent Corbyn, did not have to answer for some rather odd and disturbing facts that had many voters in the UK scrambling out the door, away from Labour.
Those facts, as reported in The Atlantic, are these:
The litany of alarming incidents is well rehearsed: Corbyn’s support for an artist who drew a mural depicting hook-nosed bankers getting rich on the backs of the poor. (He said he had not looked properly at the mural.) His assertion in 2013 that British Zionists “don’t understand English irony.” (He said he would now be more careful about using the word Zionist, because it had been “hijacked by antisemites as code for Jews.”) Labour’s refusal to adopt in full an internationally recognized description of anti-Semitism. Each of these individual incidents was made more toxic by the party’s slow handling of complaints filed by Jewish members. During the campaign, Corbyn refused four times to apologize for the distress caused to the Jewish community when questioned on camera by the BBC’s Andrew Neil—a particularly odd decision, because he has done so previously. The party is currently being investigated over allegations of institutional anti-Semitism by Britain’s Equality and Human Rights Commission.
So that’s all well and fine, and British voters turned Corbyn away. But the young people there were, rather alarmingly, not pleased with last week’s election outcome.
The Socialist Left need to get used to the new Boris/Brexit reality. It’s called democracy and the will of the British people. https://t.co/aUV9k2Uxwq
— Nile Gardiner (@NileGardiner) December 14, 2019
There’s a good reason those children took to the streets to protest Johnson’s win: despite Corbyn’s serious flirtation with anti-semitism, the socialist youth still wanted him to win.
According to Lord Ashcroft polling, “Labour won more than half the vote among those turning out aged 18-24 (57 per cent) and 25-34 (55 per cent), with the Conservatives second in both groups. The Conservatives were ahead among those aged 45-54 (with 43 per cent), 55-64 (with 49 per cent) and 65+ (with 62 per cent).”
Much like the U.S., the disaffected youth, when promised free stuff, will vote for their favorite cranky old guy even if he’s being investigated for being a bit of a racist.
Perhaps it’s little more than youthful rebellion and those same children marching in the streets will grow up in time.
But then, their predecessors, still holding the torch of radical 60s and 70s social policies, never did; and indeed may be the ones encouraging them to follow in their footsteps and get out there to fight the man.
In which case, the UK, like the U.S., has a bigger war on its hands despite their recent wins on the battlefield.