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Quite a bit of Sinophobia about, however the cognoscienti in Britain have worked out that “my enemy’s enemy is my friend”. Splittism is anathema to the Chinese, by and large the Han have no quarrel with minorities. The Uighur card is played as there is a threat from radical Islam. Tibet is more intractable, but God Kings are out of favour with the west these past few decades. Peking, as with the Kremlin, has many allies waiting in the wings.
There is so much nonsense talked about the remain vote polling a higher percentage than the Brexit vote.
Our General Elections are fought on First Past The Post. We had a referendum in 2011 to change that for the Alternative Vote system. AV was decisively rejected – over 67% voted against the change. We’re not going to have another referendum on that subject anytime soon, and certainly not before the next GE.
When Maggie Thatcher won the 1987 election with a percentage victory of 10% over her nearest rival, Kinnock’s Labour, the percentage margin of just over 10% was almost exactly the same as the 11% victory of the Brexit party over second-placed Lib Dems last night.
The Tories won 376 seats in ’87, Labour 229. Tories’ thumping majority over Labour: 147 seats. Take away the 16 seats gained by other parties opposed to the Tories (Lib Dem/SDP Alliance, SDLP, SNP), and not counting the Ulster Unionist Tory allies, and you still have a thumping overall majority of 131. Which can carry just about any Act through the Commons.
Even then people were moaning that the Tory vote percentage was much less than that of parties opposed, who polled 10% more.
But that margin was much bigger than the supposed remain vote majority last night.
If last night’s results were that of a General Election, we’d see the Brexit party returned with an overall majority similar to that achieved by Thatcher in ’87.
The message is clear: if the Tories want to win the next General Election they must go absolutely flat-out to capture that huge Brexit bloc vote. If they don’t, they are toast. Equivocating with remainers, whether amongst their own MPs or the electorate, is not an option. Whoever wins the lion’s share of the Brexit vote is going to romp home. The remain vote is hopelessly split amongst at least 4 parties, and if Labour adopt remain as their official position they will be destroyed. At least 30% of their voters are Brexiteers.