First post-election poll has UK Labour leading by 6%

After the Conservatives severeley embarrased themselves in the 2017 UK election, and Labour’s surprising success, it’s no surprise Labour’s already doing better in the polls.

Theresa May campaigned entirely on the “strong and stable government” slogan, but the Conservative party’s results in her early election have created what is likely to be the most unstable government since the late 70s, in one of the decades most in need of a strong and stable government. The voters now see through the Tory mantra, and finally have redeemed Corbyn as ‘electable’ now that they’ve witnessed him disprove the Conservatives and the conservative media.

Last Poll Before the Election

  • Conservatives: 44%
  • Labour: 36%
  • Liberal Democrats: 7%
  • Scottish National Party: 4%
  • UKIP: 4%
  • Greens: 2%
  • Others: 2%

2017 General Election Results

  • Conservatives: 43.5%
  • Labour: 41%
  • Liberal Democrats: 7.6%
  • Scottish National Party: 3.1%
  • UKIP: 1.9%
  • Greens: 1.7%
  • Others: 1.2%

First Poll After the Election

  • Conservatives: 39%
  • Labour: 45%
  • Liberal Democrats: 7%
  • Scottish National Party: 3%
  • UKIP: 3%
  • Greens & Others: 2%

Labour did significantly better in the election than they were polled, and now their polling better than the Conservatives did, both in the polls and the election results.

Now they’ve got a 6% lead. If Corbyn’s right, that there’ll be another election within the next year, this is a great start. Now that Corbyn’s rightly regained the support of all of his party, and proved wrong all other opposition towards his leadership, let’s hope he can keep the momentum going until the next time the Brits go to the polls.

New Zealand Labour has a lot to learn from Corbyn and his populist campaign.

In 2015, a Manchester cop warned Theresa May that Tory cuts put the UK at risk to terrorism.

Just in 2015, Theresa May, then serving as Home Secretary, was confronted by a Manchester policeman about the sad realities of Tory cuts to police budgets, and the dangers this created.

He explained to May how community policing had collapsed, intelligence had “dried up”, and police were practically handicapped. He pointed out how local policing was essential to the prevention of terrorism.

This perspective was shared by many at the conference, naturally prompting May to verbally attack the officers. Unsurprisingly, this was then seen as Theresa May being ‘strong’.

With this officer’s warnings to the then future Prime Minister, it is then unfortunately difficult to be surprised at recent events. In the 5 years of the coalition government, police funding dropped by 20%, leaving the police forces in a “perilous state”, while Theresa promised further cuts should they win the 2015 election.

As this officer warned, police have been forced to leave much of the necessary work ignored, which helps explain why the Manchester bomber was still successful despite being reported to the authorities 5 years ago by a Muslim community worker.

This sadly proves you cannot keep communities safe with an underfunded police force. Police work best when they have a good relationship with both the government and their local communities, and due to Tory cuts, the British police have had neither, and with deadly consequences.

I would love to see June become the end of May, but I am not hopeful.

Jeremy Corbyn actually suggesting a maximum earnings limit

Jeremy Corbyn says he would like to see a maximum cap on the amount people can earn.

The Labour leader said he thought introducing the limit would be “the fairer thing to do”.

Mr Corbyn said he was “not wedded to a figure” but told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “Let’s look at it.”

He said the UK’s levels of income disparity were getting worse, saying this cannot go on “if we want to live in a more egalitarian society”.

“I would like there to be some kind of high earnings cap, quite honestly,” he said.

Mr Corbyn added: “We cannot set ourselves as being a sort of grossly unequal bargain basement economy on the shores of Europe.”

reports BBC News

He really is a bit nuts. It’s very hard for anyone to stomach a 100% tax rate for higher earners.

There is no way Labour can win an election if that becomes one of their policies. They’re already struggling to connect with people, partly because of the perception that they’re too far left.

To reduce income disparity, it’s far more effective to increase the incomes of the lower earners than to cut the earnings of the richer few. Sure, you can increase taxes on the high earners, but that still doesn’t do much if the poor aren’t benefiting significantly more.

And I thought New Zealand’s Labour party was struggling…