A ‘de­cap­i­ta­tion’ roils Bri­tain on elec­tion eve

Theresa May holds her ‘head’ but re­tains a slight polling lead

The Washington Times Daily - - EDITORIAL -

Bri­tain fi­nally votes on Thurs­day, and Theresa May and the Con­ser­va­tives, who ex­pected to win a land­slide when the prime min­is­ter called this “snap elec­tion” six weeks ago, are ex­pected to stum­ble across the fin­ish line 5 points ahead of the Labor Party.

But this, ac­cord­ing to the Lon­don Daily Tele­graph, would still give the Tories a large ma­jor­ity in the Par­lia­ment, with per­haps 375 of the 600 seats, dwarf­ing the 275 the highly re­garded poll­sters of the Uni­ver­sity of East Anglia pre­dict for the Labor Party of Jeremy Cor­byn.

Mrs. May un­ex­pect­edly called the elec­tion be­cause, with vi­sions of land­slide in her imag­i­na­tion, she thought it would dra­mat­i­cally ex­pand her ma­jor­ity and strengthen her hand in ne­go­ti­at­ing the Bri­tish exit from the Euro­pean Union. The Euro­peans, like spurned ag­ing and wrin­kling lovers, are de­ter­mined to make the exit as dif­fi­cult and ex­pen­sive for Bri­tain as they can. Mr. Cor­byn has hinted that he might be tempted to find a way, un­likely as it would be, to tem­per or even undo the Brexit vote, the bet­ter to de­liver on his fairy-tale wish list in ex­pand­ing Bri­tain’s wel­fare state.

The polls showed a move­ment to­ward Labor over the past fort­night; some of the poll­sters even sug­gested last week that the over­all Tory lead had shrunk to a sin­gle point. Since then the Tory lead in most polls has ex­panded, of­fer­ing Mrs. May a bit of breath­ing room — not much, but a bit.

In the wake of the lat­est rad­i­cal Is­lamic ter­ror­ist mas­sacres, first in Manch­ester and then last week at Lon­don Bridge, Mrs. May raised the heat in her de­nun­ci­a­tions of rad­i­cal Is­lamic vi­o­lence. “Enough is enough!” she cried af­ter seven Bri­tons died when a ter­ror­ist drove a van through a crowd at Lon­don Bridge, in cen­tral Lon­don, and he and an ac­com­plice jumped out to slash sev­eral by­standers.

The last day of the elec­tion cam­paign was en­livened with the pub­li­ca­tion, in the Paris magazine Char­lie Hebdo, of a cover draw­ing of a de­cap­i­tated Theresa May, hold­ing her head, over the cap­tion: “Too much is too much.” The mis­trans­la­tion of her re­mark soft­ened the im­pact of the sen­ti­ment, but the draw­ing nev­er­the­less out­raged many Bri­tons, rem­i­nis­cent of the out­rage in the United States over come­di­enne Kathy Grif­fin’s por­trayal of her­self hold­ing a model of a bloody head meant to re­sem­ble Don­ald Trump. Poor taste is in am­ple sup­ply ev­ery­where.

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