I voted remain, and, whatever my feelings towards those who voted to leave the EU, the decision has been made and we have to play the cards we are dealt.
What do we have to look forward to? Life will go on in the UK despite what will be truly appalling governance. David Cameron was a truly awful prime minister. The gap between rich and poor increased dramatically under his leadership. Theresa May is no better. We can expect a continual reduction in welfare funding including the NHS.
Cameron sold of much of the NHS to his friends and starved the NHS of funds so that people who can afford the services of his friends must pay through the nose for what should be free. People who cannot pay simply suffer or die. That is how queues work. They do not get longer indefinitely. People at the end of the queue either go somewhere else (go private) or leave the queue (die).
The process of reducing welfare and privatising thje NHS will almost certainly continue under a Tory governernment and continue until the next election in May 2020. And then? The Tories will have regrouped and and become an election fighting machine again. But what of the opposition?
Labour will still be in-fighting and looking back to the glory days when Tony Blair won elections by moving the party into the centre ground, winning the votes of the less extreme right wing swing voters whilst still maintaining the support of Labour’s traditional left wing voters. They (quite sincerely I am sure) think they can do it again. But they can’t. Tony Blair’s, and Gordon Brown’s pandering to the banks and their general Tory-like policies have disillusioned too many traditional Labour voters. Jeremy Corbyn is very popular with traditional Labour voters, but the party is not. A disunited Labour party will do very badly in the election. We can expect to see the left wing vote split between Labour, the Greens, Ukip, and other minor parties. But due to the UK’s first past the post electorate system this will be to the advantage of the Tories.
The Labour party will do better in the election if they group behind Corbyn, but they show no sign of so doing, and anyway it would probably not be enough to win. So we have the prospect of a right wing welfare slashing NHS dismantling government until 2025.
And the Light at the End of the Tunnel? SCOTLAND.
All of the dismal scenario above assumes that Scotland will go along with it. They won’t. Scotland is united behind a very strong leader leading a very strong party with who despite the word “nationalist” in their name occupy a political position similar to that of traditional Labour.
An independent Scotland is inevitable and they really will do well. So well, that English voters will see Scotland as an example of what CAN be done and finally toss out the greedy shower we have in Westminister today.
Many will not agree – they may change their minds when they or a loved one are in desperate need of care which used to be free but now is charged for (in England) and they simply don’t have the money.