THE COLUMN: Good-Bye to All That

Michael Walsh28 May, 2024 4 Min Read
Thanks a bunch, and now off you go.

Hell-bent on committing political suicide, Britain's Conservative Party, known as the Tories, has called a snap election for the Fourth of July, in all likelihood cementing its legacy of utter failure since Boris Johnson won them a smashing victory in 2019. What at the time appeared to be a realignment of traditional constituencies, many of them voting Tory for the first time in generations, may well turn out to be the last flicker of the Old Blighty flame as the party hands far-left Labour a governing mandate under Keir Starmer, the leader of the opposition. God save the King.

Not since the British voting public sent Winston Churchill packing right after the end of World War II has there been such a momentous election. Americans still puzzle over why Churchill got the sack in 1945, in part because Churchill's reputation has always been extravagantly overrated in the U.S.

From May 1940 to May 1945, Britain had been governed by a coalition government, with Conservative MP Winston Churchill as Prime Minister. Churchill had proved himself to be a popular leader during the Second World War, so he was confident that the Conservatives would win this election based on his wartime success.

Instead, in one of the biggest electoral swings of the twentieth century, the Labour Party won the general election decisively, winning 393 seats, while the second-placed Conservatives only secured 197. With an emphasis on social reform, the Labour Party’s manifesto was strongly influenced by the Beveridge Report and included a commitment to full employment, affordable housing, and social security and health care for all.

What have I done?

One should think there's a lesson here somewhere, but clearly the elevation of relentless mediocrities like David Cameron, Theresa May, Johnson, Liz Truss and now Rishi Sunak proves otherwise. Churchill's leadership was not an unmixed blessing for the U.K., and his military instincts were downright bad, from the disaster at Gallipoli in the First World War to his "soft underbelly" strategy in the Second, which resulted in Anzio and a bloody stalemate on the Italian peninsula; additionally, he wound up presiding over the dissolution of the British Empire and hastening the birth of "Little England."

Today, that England has gotten even littler. Until recently, the British Isles were being governed by an Indian (Sunak), a Pakistani Muslim (Humza Yousaf, first minister of Scotland), a Zambian (Vaughan Gething, first minister of Wales) and another Indian (Leo Varadkar, Taoiseach of Ireland). Some view this as a triumph of "diversity," while others point to it as the result of culturally alien immigration run amok, thus triggering spurious charges of "racism."

Indeed, the elephant in the room is "immigration," which has become the central issue in European political life since Britain's last Labour government under Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, made it a cornerstone of their electoral strategy.

Between 1997 and 2010, net annual immigration quadrupled, and the UK population was boosted by more than 2.2 million immigrants, more than twice the population of Birmingham. In Labour’s last term in government, 2005-2010, net migration reached on average 247,000 a year. The dramatic changes have left British politics ruptured. Immigration remains the No 1 issue on the doorstep, according to pollsters – a stream that feeds into the well of mistrust in politics.

Despite the Tories' promise to address the issue of economic migration, the situation has only gotten worse in the decade since that article in The Guardian was published, and their repeated failure (despite the Brexit victory) to do so has left them on the edge of political purdah. A Labour government, which now seems inevitable, will most certainly continue Blair's social policies, even though they couldn't save Blair or his successor Brown but -- like Attlee when he unhorsed Winston -- will focus on the Socialization of Britain, maintaining the repressive anti-speech ukases already in place as it pursues a globalist agenda that features more immigration from non-Western countries.

Who, me?

Blair's malignant blunder was intensified by the actions of Angela Merkel, raised and educated in communist East Germany, who as chancellor unleashed the Europe-wide flood in 2015 during her self-made refugee crisis by allowing upwards of one million non-Western "refugees" from predominantly Muslim lands to settle in Germany and take advantage of its welfare state, on the soft-headed grounds that they were fleeing war and persecution or, failing that test, they just wanted a "better life."

One notes that America is now following the same standard: Joe Biden -- the desiccated, perverse Emperor Tiberius of the U.S.A. -- has thrown open the borders in a Blair-like attempt to change the electorate and stave off the challenge of a recrudescent Donald Trump, his predecessor. Since Bill Clinton deposed the wretched George H.W. Bush, semi-dynastic politics has become a way of life in the Land of the Free, with a Clinton or Bush on primary or general-election ballots from 1992 to 2016, now superseded by Obama, Biden, and Trump.

The principal architect of the Tories' demolition is Johnson. Born in New York City with some notable Turkish ancestry, BoJo is the very model of a modern Briton: witty, quippy, raffish, well-read, part-foreign, and an absolute toff who panicked at the arrival of Covid and abandoned all pretenses of governing as a conservative from that moment on. He flouted his own Covid strictures and threw himself headlong into the economic stupidity of "climate change," from which Britain has yet to emerge and certainly will not under Starmer. Johnson could debate, but he couldn't lead. Just as the two Bushes squandered the post-Cold War legacy of Ronald Reagan, so did Johnson and the Tory ragamuffins who flanked him put paid to the accomplishments of Margaret Thatcher.

As Harold Wilson, another Labour prime minister, once said, a week is a long time in politics, but so also can just a few years vanish in the blink of an eye: just ask Boris Johnson. With his victory in World War II, Churchill was shown the door by an unsentimental electorate. Now, 80 years later, his entire party may be about to get the boot, and it only need look in the mirror to understand why.

Michael Walsh is a journalist, author, and screenwriter. He was for 16 years the music critic and a foreign correspondent for Time Magazine. His works include the novels As Time Goes By, And All the Saints, and the bestselling “Devlin” series of NSA thrillers; as well as the nonfiction bestseller, The Devil’s Pleasure Palace and its sequel, The Fiery Angel. Last Stands, a study of military history from the Greeks to the present, was published by St. Martin's Press in December 2019. He is also the editor of Against the Great Reset: 18 Theses Contra the New World Order, published on Oct. 18, 2022, and of the forthcoming Against the Corporate Media. Follow him on Twitter: @theAmanuensis


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5 comments on “THE COLUMN: Good-Bye to All That”

  1. The British Tories are going to lose the July 4, 2024 election because of the immigration issue. They won a huge victory in 2019 based upon Brexit and immigration. They have intentionally done nothing regarding these two issues. Further, they badly mishandled the Covid-19 crisis. They deserve to lose power.

    The biggest problem is that Labour will be even worse than the Tories on all of these issues. I anticipate that Labour will win the 2024 election and become very unpopular almost instantly as they fail to address the issues that the electorate cares about. Of course, Labour can stay in power for five years without calling a Parliamentary election. I see Labour doing that because Labour's leadership is smart enough to recognize that they are coming to power because the Tories stupidly refused to govern in conformity with their own election mandate and governed contrary to the will of the voters who put them in power.

    We saw the exact same dynamic with George W. Bush and George H. Bush in 1992 and 2008. Both presidents refused to listen to the people who put them in power, and governed in a way that was pleasing to liberal elites who hated them. Consequently, the GOP lost power at the next election.

  2. None of the brown folks you list are 'migrants'. Their parents or grandparents were born British Subjects and had as much right to enter and stay in the UK as Canadians, Australians etc. Varadkar's mother was an Irish (white) nurse who married his father who was a doctor. After WW2 there was a shortage in the UK, partly because hundreds of thousands of (white) Brits themselves migrated to Australia and elsewhere, sick of war-torn Europe. British Subjects did not need any visa papers to enter the UK, only a ticket. UK begged them to come and work.

  3. The scholarly Brigadier Enoch Powell, who BoJo in his dreams might have emulated, is unavailable. Is there any hope for a British Trump?

  4. World war 2 continued after Churchill's electoral defeat in 1945. The war with Germany was over, Japan still carried on until August

  5. hang fire
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    —“Hang Fire” by The Rolling Stones

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