The Briefing – 7/6/17

After all the build-up, all the excitement, and all the drama, it’s T-minus 23 hours until polling stations open. That’s right, you can breathe a sigh of relief, it’s nearly over.

In the beginning Jeremy Corbyn was going to get a damn-good thrashing of Fawlty Towers proportions. Now it looks as though he might just get a slight hammering. A slight but crucial difference. Theresa May’s since fought a complacent, defensive election that would have backfired if it wasn’t for the Labour leader having to make up so many furlongs he’s comparatively at a different racecourse.

Today both leaders return to their core election values today. The Prime Minister pledges to axe the Human Rights Act in order to protect us from terrorism, Corbyn fights the popular ground over the NHS and Tim Farron tries to remind everybody his party are an option.

They’ve gone from trying to represent the 48% to clinging on to 8%.

May to dish out a wheating

The one constant despite ups and downs in this election is the nailed-on certainty that Theresa May will be Prime Minister come Friday afternoon.

This morning she’s already visited a butchers, where some proprietors had some beef with PM TM.

With a solid lead, she has been able to fight a campaign devoid of passion, or excitement. There won’t be too many voters who will bound up to the ballot box, excited by the prospect of five more years of May.

Her poor campaign was summed up by one voter in Penistone on Tuesday. He said: “With Theresa May, you don’t know what you’re voting for. She could win on Thursday, then two days later change her mind, like she did with the dementia tax.”

It’s no surprise that sources within Conservative Party Headquarters say that she could face a leadership challenge within 12 months if she doesn’t get a majority larger than 70.

If the YouGov polls are right, expect Theresa May not to even last that long.

So this election could be utterly pointless. Isn’t politics wonderful?


Jez’ shades of 1997

Jeremy Corbyn’s certainly got his faithful in a fervour. He appeared at a rally in Birmingham last night alongside indie band Clean Bandit, and has had an all-round successful campaign. The murmerings are that he’ll make a play to stay as leader if he beats Ed Miliband’s 2015 polling figures, and the same with Gordon Brown’s. Today he says there’s 24 hours to save the NHS…

However the press today have come out against him. The Mail have run with ‘Apologists for Terror’ alongside pictures of Corbyn, John McDonnell and Diane Abbott,  meanwhile the Sun have come out with a surprisingly measured approach. Their splash is ‘Jezza’s jihadi comrades’.

In the words of many a Labour canvasser, I’ll put them down as a maybe…

At a rally earlier this week in Gateshead, John Prescott remarked that Labour didn’t see crowds like that in 1997 when they won their landslide.

At least they had that small consolation of a double-digit poll lead and four years of government ahead…

Far Out Farron

Moving on to people who have not had such a good campaign, Lib Dem leader Tim Farron has had a more anonymous campaign.

He’s never really recovered from the rumours that dogged him that he though same-sex marriage was a sin.

However despite recent polling figures of 8%, Farron says he hopes to more than double his haul to 18 seats.

It seems the Lib Dem leader has been smoking something. After all, it’ll be legal if they do win..

Fast Eddie hoping to be Doncaster’s Central man

South Yorkshire Briefing co-editor Dan Barker spoke to Doncaster Central mayoral candidate Eddie Todd ahead of the election.

To describe Todd as eccentric, would be like saying Corbyn leans slightly to the left.

His interview with Barker, including a idea to set up a dating night if he wins, is well worth a read.