Lessons from the landslide victory of the British conservative party

Early this morning, Asia woke up to the news that the Conservative government of Prime Minister Boris Johnson was on course for a landslide victory in the general elections. This victory will enable him now to take Britain out of the EU, the very reason why he called the elections.

There is a very simple reason for Labour’s disastrous defeat – their worst since the 1930s – is that they did not listen to the will of the voters.

The British had voted in 2016 to leave the European Union in a National Referendum that became known as “Brexit”. Many of the voters who voted to leave in that referendum were Labour supporters, living in the Labour heartlands of the Midlands and the Northern parts of England. They were the core Labour supporters – working class people who had not benefitted from Britain’s Union with Europe, and who over the years had seen their economic prospects dimmed because of the mass migration of workers from other parts of Europe. Most of them had voted Labour all their lives as had their parents and grandparents.

Under the EU, there is free movement of labour, not unlike what the PAP government has ushered in through CECA which allows liberal access for work opportunities in Singapore to Indian nationals in 127 professions.

Since the 2016 referendum, no British government has been able to give effect to the Will of the British People and to take the country out of the European Union. The efforts of the 2 British Prime Ministers – Theresa May and Boris Johnson – to do so were thwarted time and time again by the Opposition, including the Labour Party in Parliament.

Worse for the Labour Party, it had an ambivalent position on Brexit. Jeremy Corbin is at heart a Eurosceptic and wants to leave Europe. But many in his Party and his Shadow cabinet supported the Remain camp. For over 3 years, the Party has no definite position on Brexit. It was only a few months ago that they finally decided to advocate for a 2nd referendum on the issue of whether Britain should leave or remain in Europe.

You can imagine the frustration of the British voters who had voted to leave the EU; voters lost trust in Parliament as a body that was supposed to represent their interests.

Is it any wonder that the so called “red wall” of Labour stretching from Wales to the Northeast of England crumbled this morning and turned blue? Some seats which Labour had held for over 100 years, such as Leigh in Greater Manchester, turned Conservative for the first time in history.

What is the lesson for us in Singapore with our own GE around the corner? I believe it is this: there is no such thing in politics as a sure win or a sure thing. It does not matter if a Party has held a seat like Leigh for over 100 years (or the PAP has been in power for 60).

The problem is that the PAP is now perceived to be a behemoth which cannot be beaten. All the Opposition can hope for is to survive, hibernate and then come out to fight in the next GE. Their prophesies then become self-fulfilling.

What this massive Labour defeat (and Pakatan Harapan’s victory in the Malaysian elections in 2018; Barisan National which had been in power for 61 years) show is that once a party fails to heed the call of the voters, it will be defeated decisively and kicked out!

We have a PAP government now that is going against the wishes of the People in most areas of people’s lives and in our democracy. That is what residents are telling us when Peoples Voice carry out our community and house visits! So take heart my friends in the Opposition and work hard! Victory will be ours soon!

 

Lim Tean

 

 

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17 Responses to “Lessons from the landslide victory of the British conservative party”

  • What do i think ?:

    Well you know people will not change their eating drinking or smoking bad habits until they are hospitalize or contracted serious illness.

    Kudos to the brits i think it a right decision for them. Of course there will be some short term pains.

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  • Listen To Our LKY:

    The PAP now is too arrogant and inefficient because they think its a 100 per cent sure win for them in every election. They did not want to listen and never even care for the people. They just do as they like.

    The people do not want the PAP to overcrowd Singapore with third world inferior foreigners who come here to take advantage of our government weakness. Now many Singaporeans are unemployed or underemployed but the PAP do not care and still insisted on bringing more foreigners into the country.

    We have all along listened to LKY. He had reminded Singaporeans before his death that once the PAP becomes inefficient and have a don’t care attitude, its time to vote the PAP out. This is to ensure that Singapore continue to survive and prosper.

    So now people of Singapore, its time to listen to our great leader LKY and kick out the PAP even though the PM is his son. To LKY, Singapore will always comes first. So Vote the PAP Out because they are not capable of doing a good job for us.

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  • to benefit the majority:

    haha not a few of uk citizens (the remain) want a second referendum to prove that the 1st was a fluke. now see lor, no need 2nd referendum ? who wants globalization and free cross border if it is not going to benefit the majority ? does it mean the majority are daft like in sinkie land that the aristocrats need to have a strong guiding hand ?

    similarly, like in hk, most claimed that the so-called silent majority are pro-incumbent and not for the protests ? but again the recent election proved otherwise ?

    as for sinkies land, if not for the regular wayang like 4 = 5 and selected = elected plus many one-sided ownself-check-ownself 151th media environment propaganda plus 6.9m or 10m open-leg policy to dilute the average daft sinkies’ (older batch of sinkie lar) votes, the white monkey idiots would have being VO already lar ?

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  • Bobo:

    We heed the advice. Nevermind what the people said, just do what we think is right for our people and for our country. Our forefathers’ land should not be further manifested by FTs and their families that easily. Who still believes that FTs create jobs for Singaporeans? LOL!

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  • MarBowling:

    Come GE, the 69.9% DAFTS will still vote for the PAPigs for self interests. They REFUSE and DON’T WANT to believe that the Opposition parties have equally good or even BETTER candidates than the PAPIGS! Period. They are damn very AFRAID that should the PAPIGS are voted out or lose a few GRCs or SMCs, the VALUE of their HIGHLY PRICED possessions(HDB flats, EC, Condo and private properties)WILL DROP! Period. There is a NEED for these SELFISH folks to really SMELL a COFFIN(like Kenna retrenched and replaced by a FT, etc)before they will wake up their blady idea and show the Middle Finger to the PAPigs at the POLL!

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  • lets have a clean GE fight:

    only difference is that PAP plays the game with unfair rules.
    only they can win!

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  • Are we that stupid?:

    They even have the arrogance to tell you GST will increase if you vote for them. Which political party in the 1st world have such arrogance to do that? They must think that we are really really stupid.

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  • vto only way:

    Are we that stupid?:
    They even have the arrogance to tell you GST will increase if you vote for them. Which political party in the 1st world have such arrogance to do that? They must think that we are really really stupid.

    you answered your own question …the 70% who voted PAP @GE2015 ARE really really stupid.
    now we’re all paying the price.

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  • Harder Truths:

    $G is not the UK. There is no lesson we can learn from the racist colonial masters who believed in their own superiority over Asians and still do.

    If you want to worship the white man that’s your affair. But spare me your bullshit.

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  • TUCK WAN:

    will the 70% ever learned. No !
    Till the the axe fall on them. With the New Citizens we Singaporeans will carry on as dafts.

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  • Pappy wasted away our fortunes:

    https://youtu.be/Kg-Qdrr3XSk

    Look around me
    I can see my life before me
    Running rings around the way
    It used to be
    I am older now
    I have more than what I wanted
    But I wish that I had started
    Long before I did
    And there’s so much time to make up
    Everywhere you turn
    Time we have wasted on the way
    So much water moving
    Underneath the bridge
    Let the water come and carry us away
    Oh when you were young
    Did you question all the answers
    Did you envy all the dancers
    Who had all the nerve
    Look round you know
    You must go for what you wanted
    Look at all my friends who did and got what they deserved
    And there’s so much time to make up
    Everywhere you turn
    Time we have wasted on the way
    So…

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  • Dishonorable votes:

    What will a DISHONORABLE PERSON DO TO WIN ?
    ARE YOU ALL BLOODY FOOLS?

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  • pap liars and their bad habits:

    the best thing in Spore sheep life, in terms of fairness, is to reinstate Inheritance Tax.

    1st, when the person dies, Inheritance Tax in a way lets the world know how much S$m the person has amassed or in some cases stolen from society. during 2016 presidential hustings in USA, it is said if a politician amasses US$12m in his political career, there is THEFT. so any politician, or spouse, who accumulates S$12m or more has stolen.

    2nd, when the person dies, Inheritance Tax ensures all the freehold properties acquired on the cheap is returned to society for future generations of sheep yet to be born. if Inheritance Tax is done away with, it means there is cahoot. It is nothing but a method to ensure the rich corner all land in Spore, making sheep yet to be born slaves to land before they are born.

    what is the solution in current pap thieving regime?

    when New Government forms by a better group of Sporeans, reinstate Inheritance Tax, retroactively back to the point when it was removed, which is at the time pap liar lky wife up the lorry.

    in such retroactive collections, if doubt exists, example between S$50m or S$60m, the default is the larger sum, as a form of interest from date pap liar lky wife up the lorry to date when New Government reinstates Inheritance Tax.

    Spore after all belongs to all citizens. not to some who legislate to self advantage.

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  • BHG = Bring Home Goondus:

    They have NEVER listened. “Never mind what the people think.”

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  • N.Jungne:

    It’s Eventual, for England and Wales.

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  • Dishonorable will cheat:

    Pappy wasted away our fortunes:Look around me….
    I am older now
    I have more than what I…
    And there’s so much time to make up
    Everywhere you turn
    Time we have wasted on the way
    So much water moving
    Underneath the bridge
    Let the water come and carry us away
    Oh when you were young
    Did you qu

    Singkees never fought for Democracy.
    Many countries , their democracy was not given to them as they were under junta or dictatorships. Then they rebelled as they realised the need for freedom. Singkees were given authoritarian democracy and they never know why its valuable.
    Now, they feel the noose tightening and tightening till they cannot stand, cannot breathe. But they realise the system has controlled them in almost every way via rules and laws. They realise they are stuck. CPF withheld for so many!!!
    China FEEDS its citizens aged 50 and 55 onwards for males and females respectively TILL THEY DIE, about SGD1000. China has many 100 times the sg population and their garment able to feed their retirees WITHOUT ANY MIN SUM!!!

    SO MY FARKING POINT IS, SINGKEES HAVE BEEN SHORT CHANGED!

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  • Simple Lesson:

    The simple lesson is the message should be simple and understandable.
    Don’t confuse them with too many options …
    Boris understands that….

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