No UK ‘snap’ election September 9, 2016Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
Clever of May to rule out a ‘snap’ UK election at the weekend. That neatly pulls her away from the trap her second but last predecessor found himself in when prevaricating about that option led to the media being able to claim he had ‘bottled’ it.
Theresa May has insisted in her first major interview since taking office that there will be no snap general election before 2020. The prime minister told The Andrew Marr Show the country needed a period of stability after the shockwaves of the pro-Brexit vote, and that the UK should be prepared for “difficult times” ahead, despite better-than-expected economic indicators.
Pressed on whether she was tempted to call a snap election, with polls showing she could increase her majority of just 17 to 130 seats, May said: “I’m not going to be calling a snap election. I’ve been very clear that I think we need that period of time, that stability, to be able to deal with the issues that the country is facing and have that election in 2020.”
But, it has other implications too. It suggests that her reading is that the LP is likely to be even further weakened, for why else delay the inevitable? Now that doesn’t mean a spilt, but clearly she is convinced she can take the risk of having the election further down the line. Again, as this blog has been arguing for months, this is near inevitable. A Corbyn victory has never been assured, the project of shifting the LP leftwards, even somewhat leftwards, is going to take some years. But it does suggest the scale of the challenge ahead.