By Graham Vanbergen: This
election will go down in history for all sorts of reasons, not least
because it follows the momentous Brexit referendum result. And make no
mistake, this election, is really about that single issue. However, for
the first time in decades, Britain (well more like England and Wales),
now has a true alternative vote. Jeremy Corbyn has transformed the
Labour party into a real movement whilst the Conservatives head off
further to the right under a more authoritative leader in Theresa May.
Tony Blair’s vision of Britain has literally vaporised and a working
class political party has re-emerged. With that, a void has opened up in
the centre ground. This election could conceivably be about right
verses the left if it wasn’t for Brexit, but it’s more complicated than
that. At the next general election the debate will be about the economy
because Brexit will have proved just one thing – it was either a
disastrous adventure or an economic success.
Without doubt the debate is changing in texture and context too.
Austerity and privatisation have finally been exposed as an ideology of
the right, it was never about efficiency and savings. Aggressive foreign
policy and Trident are unpopular and are failing us in a very fast
changing world. The NHS is almost neck and neck with Brexit being the
major topic of voting intention, proving that people really do want the
Tories to stop asset stripping and selling it off for profit.
In this report we look at the impact of terrorism, climate change,
Brexit and the strength of the NHS in political debate, the personality
war and of course the predictions, just one day ahead of one of the most
important days in British electoral history.