“The discontent of the British electorate is not so different from that which we know in France” | EUROtoday

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HASAt first look, France and the United Kingdom appear to be following reverse trajectories. In the aftermath of the overall elections of July 4, the United Kingdom has regained a sure political stability with a transparent victory for the left after eight chaotic years for the reason that vote in favor of Brexit. At the identical time, France has additionally been marked by the breakthrough of a populist and xenophobic get together and unprecedented turbulence.

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After fourteen years of Tory rule below 5 totally different prime ministers, Keir Starmer and Labour received 412 seats, a historic victory similar to Tony Blair's in 1997. They not solely regained seats of their former northern strongholds, which had swung to the Conservatives in 2019, but additionally received in each area of the nation, together with Scotland, the place the ruling separatists have been crushed, going from round forty seats to 9.

For their half, the Conservatives suffered a rout, actually predicted within the polls however no much less spectacular, with fewer than 120 MPs and a few notable defeats, resembling that of Liz Truss. The establishments labored completely, with the outgoing Prime Minister instantly presenting his resignation to the King, who, within the course of, appointed Keir Starmer. The bulk of the federal government was in place earlier than the top of the day of July fifth.

Take benefit of the right-handed drift

To obtain this victory, the Labour Party benefited, so to talk, from the disastrous file of the outgoing authorities: large austerity insurance policies till 2016 which destroyed public providers, enhance in excessive poverty, whole territories deserted, housing disaster, stagnation of wages, fall in investments, to not point out the consequences of leaving the European Union.

Starmer's successful technique, after a heavy defeat in 2019, additionally consisted of refocusing the Labour Party by making the most of the void left by the rightward drift of the Conservative Party, obsessive about the risk posed by Nigel Farage's get together in its numerous guises (UKIP, Brexit Party, Reform UK at the moment). The get together chief and his entourage have regularly sidelined all supporters of the novel left embodied by Jeremy Corbyn, Labour chief from 2015 to 2020.

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Candidates and activists who made anti-Semitic feedback or posts have been unceremoniously expelled, serving to to deliver again centrist voters and entice average Conservatives. Programmatically, Labour was very cautious, refraining from making unfunded spending guarantees and promising to not elevate revenue or company taxes – leaving the door open for additional will increase, which appear inevitable given the much-needed funding in public providers and social spending extra typically.

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