The United States and the United Kingdom have been in a running gun battle for who can be the first to elect a radical Leftist to the highest office in the land. After the most recent episode in the dark comedic drama that is Brexit, the United Kingdom has edged ahead in this terrifying race.
Brexit is the rotten political tree that just keeps on giving. In the latest chapter, as the current departure date from the European Union of October 31st loomed, opposition MPs and Conservative rebels voted 328 to 301 to take control of the agenda, providing opponents of a “No Deal” Brexit with the ability to bring forward a bill which seeks to delay the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union…again. Responding to these actions, Prime Minister Boris Johnson stated that he will push for an early General Election and that “The people of this country will have to choose.”
Now, the fundamental details of Brexit have been repeated endlessly since the infamous referendum of June 23rd 2016 where the “Leave” and “Remain” campaigns came head to head. With a large voter turnout of 72%, “Leave” emerged victorious as 17.4 million people (52% of the vote) opted to leave the European Union.
Since that result, most will be aware of the shocking failure of Theresa May and her Conservative government to deliver upon the democratic will of the British people. Those who have followed (or endured) this saga will have seen the absurd attempts to delay or even cancel Brexit, with no stone left unturned. Those who voted Leave have been falsely labeled as ignorant bigots who “didn’t understand the question.” Some “Remainers,” known more aptly as “Remoaners,” have rejected the very notion of democracy by calling for a second referendum, redundantly dubbed a “People’s Vote.”
Aside from the appalling reality that is the abject failure or refusal of those tasked with representing the population to act on the result of a referendum, we should be aware that the stakes are higher than Brexit itself. While Britain remains transfixed by the hypnotic lunacy of Brexit, we must be wary of a greater threat which looms in the shadows.
The deeper danger posed by the continued madness of Brexit is the growing prospect of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn becoming the next Prime Minister. Because of former Prime Minister Theresa May’s disastrous decision to call a snap election in 2017, she brought Corbyn within sniffing distance of No. 10 Downing Street. Before that election, the Conservatives enjoyed a healthy majority, with 98 more seats in Parliament than Corbyn’s Labour Party. After the election, the Conservatives lost 13 seats while Labour gained 30 seats, reducing the difference between the United Kingdom’s two major parties to a mere 55 seats. As Boris Johnson threatens to call another General Election, he is truly gambling with the moral soul of Britain. With only a handful of additional seats and Brexit-related coalitions standing in the way, Jeremy Corbyn could easily be Britain’s representative on the world stage in a few short weeks.
It is time to understand the wider threat that Corbyn poses, and guard against his attempt to capitalize upon political ineptitude to seize power. Jeremy Corbyn is a radical Leftist, whose policies make Karl Marx (whom Corbyn has praised as a “great economist”) seem moderate. He is someone who has repeatedly aligned himself with revolutionary and terrorist organizations; has praised, defended, or justified the actions of terrorists; and has even described Palestinian terrorist organizations Hamas and Hezbollah as his “friends.” The decaying cherry on the poisonous cake that is Jeremy Corbyn is that he has enabled and encouraged the spread of virulent anti-Semitism within his own party.
Boris Johnson is right to push for the delivery of Brexit. Boris Johnson is right to push for a “no deal” Brexit in the absence of an acceptable withdrawal agreement with the European Union. But he simply must learn from the lessons of the immediate past, and understand that Jeremy Corbyn is circling above the whimpering carcass of British politics like a hungry ideological vulture. Boris Johnson cannot allow Jeremy Corbyn to sink his greedy claws into the flesh of British politics and tear out the beating heart of freedom, morality, and decency at its core.