The forthcoming General Election

Martin Kettle in the Guardian, ‘Theresa May in Downing Street sounded like Turkey’s authoritarian president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Give me the unfettered authority to secure the Brexit I want, she said. Any attempt to stand in my way is disruptive and frivolous. So give me the power to act in the name of the people against parliament’s interference. It’s not a nice parallel. May has trashed her own brand . . .

But it won’t happen. The Liberal Democrats, with only nine MPs, will vote for the election in the hope of getting a bigger Westminster base. The SNP will want an election too. Labour’s position is crucial. But since Jeremy Corbyn put his party on election footing last September he will be hard put to oppose it, whatever the damage the election does to Labour. One final point. An election on 8 June will be an election on the existing boundaries, with 650 MPs due to be returned until, in principle, 2022. One of the minor effects of this decision is that all the talk of deselection among Tory and Labour MPs is dead, at a stroke.’ click here