Is it 1979 in the UK and U.S. again?

The Saratogian (Saratoga, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - Cal Thomas

“Blowout” was how one UK news­pa­per de­scribed the de­ci­sive vic­tory of Boris John­son and his Con­ser­va­tive Party in last week’s elec­tion.

How de­ci­sive was it? Not only did con­ser­va­tives win an 80-seat ma­jor­ity in Par­lia­ment, a con­stituency in Blythe Val­ley in North­east Eng­land elected a con­ser­va­tive mem­ber for the first time since its cre­ation 40 years ago.

Pun­dits lead­ing up to the elec­tion were wrong, as usual. They pre­dicted a very tight race. What is it about pun­dits that they are so of­ten wrong, in­clud­ing in the U.S., but they get to keep prog­nos­ti­cat­ing any­way?

The elec­tion was viewed as a ref­er­en­dum on Brexit, which vot­ers ap­proved in 2016, but some politi­cians had blocked. They wanted another ref­er­en­dum, which is rem­i­nis­cent of voter re­counts in the U.S.

The re­counts stop only af­ter a Demo­crat “wins” a ma­jor­ity. John­son cam­paigned on giv­ing the vot­ers what they voted for, other­wise known as democ­racy. Bri­tain’s di­vorce from the Eu­ro­pean Union could be fi­nal­ized as early as next month.

The de­niers were out in full force. Jeremy Cor­byn an­nounced his res­ig­na­tion as Labour Party leader, but claimed the dis­as­trous re­sults were not his fault and lu­di­crously as­serted his hard-left agenda was “ex­tremely pop­u­lar.â€

If that is an ex­am­ple of pop­u­lar­ity, it is dif­fi­cult to imag­ine what un­pop­u­lar­ity would look like.

Among Cor­byn’s other faults were his vir­u­lent anti-Semitic and anti-Is­rael state­ments. Some, per­haps even in his own party, will view his de­par­ture as good rid­dance to bad rub­bish.

Also among the de­niers was for­mer Speaker of the House of Com­mons, John Ber­cow, now a com­men­ta­tor for Sky News. On elec­tion night, Ber­cow, who was elected as a con­ser­va­tive but is a fre­quent critic of his party, said: “The fact that the con­ser­va­tive mes­sage res­onated with vot­ers doesn’t nec­es­sar­ily mean it is the right mes­sage.” Say what?

The UK elec­tion will also be seen by some as a pos­si­ble pre­dic­tor of next year’s U.S. pres­i­den­tial con­test. That’s what hap­pened in 1979. One year af­ter Mar­garet Thatcher be­came prime min­is­ter, Ron­ald Rea­gan swept to vic­tory. Re­pub­li­cans also won the Se­nate, but Democrats still con­trolled the House.

The 2020 elec­tion might see Re­pub­li­cans win a House ma­jor­ity as es­pe­cially con­ser­va­tive vot­ers will be mo­ti­vated to seek re­venge on Democrats who have voted to im­peach Pres­i­dent Trump. Should Re­pub­li­cans again hold all three branches of gov­ern­ment, watch for a TrumpRepub­li­can agenda to be placed on fast-for­ward to the de­spair of the me­dia and the re­main­ing lib­er­als in Congress.

The head­line on a Daily Mail col­umn by Piers Morgan read: “Boris John­son’s tri­umph proves democ­racy-deny­ing rad­i­cal so­cial­ists backed by self-right­eous celebri­ties on Twit­ter are elec­toral poi­son — and if Democrats fall for the same delu­sion, Trump will dec­i­mate them in 2020.” I love the British tabloids!

Morgan con­tin­ued: “There was also another mas­sive rea­son why John­son won so big, and it was that (Cor­byn) ... is a hard-core so­cial­ist so far left he makes (Rep.) Alexan­dria Oca­sioCortez (D-NY) look like a cap­i­tal­ist . ... As I’ve been warn­ing for months, there’s not a cat-in­hell’s chance of a so­cial­ist can­di­date beat­ing Trump next Novem­ber, es­pe­cially not with the U.S. econ­omy do­ing so well.

Bernie San­ders and El­iz­a­beth War­ren both share Jeremy Cor­byn’s so­cial­ist agenda and both ap­pear to be as pop­u­lar as him on Twit­ter.”

Happy days are re­turn­ing to Bri­tain.

With the U.S. econ­omy boom­ing, by next Novem­ber they may re­turn to Amer­i­can shores. As with Bri­tain’s 1979 elec­tion, this one may also be a fore­taste of bet­ter days to come and the bury­ing of so­cial­ism for a gen­er­a­tion.

Cal Thomas, Amer­ica’s most­syn­di­cated colum­nist, is the au­thor of 10 books.

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