The Prime Minister Theresa May announced yesterday that she was calling for a snap general election. Modern political terminology often sounds juvenile and playful, as if it were some kind of children's card game. Like the card game, it is repetitive and predictable. Even though this is a major U-turn by the Prime Minister; or perhaps especially so. She gave a brief speech outside Number Ten in front of the world's press, see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d12hAkkRGV4. As with Cameron and the EU, she has not given much notice; just over six weeks. Despite all her flannel, even her admirable acceptance of Brexit and her due diligence at triggering Article 50 while ignoring the Remoaner saboteurs, I suspect her real reason for calling this general election is to authenticate her own leadership. She is an unelected head of government; put into office by her own party after Cameron resigned and not the British people. Also she wants to strike while her enemy is down. The Conservatives' principle rival is the Labour Party and has been for the last century. At the moment Labour is in disarray, catastrophically split and reeling from two major internal battles within the last year. It currently trails in the polls by twenty-one points, almost half as popular as the Tories (then again, the polls have been so wrong before!), see background links for details. She believes she can easily win a general election right now and wants to get one in before Labour can recover. Unlike in the
United States of America
where there is a strict time schedule and succession procedure, see: http://hpanwo-voice.blogspot.co.uk/2017/01/coronation-of-god-emperor.html,
UK general elections
can happen at any time and governments can hold as many as they like; however
there must be a maximum of one every five years. However, May needed a
two-thirds majority in the House of Commons to bring the next expected one in
2020 forward to this summer. This was achieved today, see: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/live/uk-39628713.
Despite what I said at the top, on a personal level this is a highly unusual election for me. The reason is, for the first time in all the years since I became a conspiracy theorist, I am seriously thinking of voting. My good friend and fellow anti-NWO fighter Ian R Crane has warned people always to vote in elections, see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=78ocF1exOIs. This is part of a long running disagreement Ian and I have had, whether voting in elections is worth doing considering there is a shadow government behind the scenes. It's a debate I've also had with Thomas G Clark, "Another Angry Voice", see: http://hpanwo-voice.blogspot.co.uk/2015/04/not-voting-reply-to-thomas-g-clark.html. Since 2016, with Brexit and Trump etc, there have been distinct signs that this shadow government's grip on society is weakening; so today is voting as pointless as it used to be? If not then should I also vote? If so then who shall I vote for? This is a question I've never had to consider before. As soon as I was old enough to vote I voted Labour, basically because of family tradition. This was 1997 and I helped elect Tony Blair into government... No, I'm not proud of myself for that either. After that I became a conspiracy theorist and so boycotted all elections since until now. My deliberations over this issue will have to be discussed in a follow-up article, see: http://hpanwo-voice.blogspot.co.uk/2017/05/reconsidering-voting.html.
See here for background: http://hpanwo-voice.blogspot.co.uk/2017/03/corbyn-falls-asleep-on-train.html.