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LIVE24SEVEN // Feature V I EWS – WI TH SANDR A PAUL Unbelievable! Sandra Paul is predicting the General Election


My articles have to be submitted about a month prior to publication, which makes this difficult, since I am supposed to be commenting on the General Election. As I write, we still have over three weeks to go and I am sure – given the tone so far – that the proceedings will be a web of dark intrigue, making Yes Minister (or Yes Prime Minister) seem like a Disney story.


Luckily for me, I can at least use the recent local elections to predict an outcome for the Election. Therefore, I predict the Conservatives will win an outstanding majority that will allow Mrs. May to really start flexing her muscles.


As I travel a lot up and down the country, I talk to people who are heartily sick of politics, where once they would at least have been a bit interested. I haven’t met one person who actually believes in the financial promises made by any party. Borrow to fund it or tax the rich? If we borrow, does that mean we will suffer the pain later rather than sooner? Do you promise to ensure my standard of living does not decline?


Consistently, people are unconvinced by party lines being trotted out such as, ‘the plans have been costed’. What does this mean? Speak English!


Over the past few months, unfortunately, we have seen a continuing downward spiral of the Labour Party. I say ‘unfortunately’ because I believe we need a strong opposition. Where once it had titans of thought and aptitude, today it declines in mediocrity and downright incompetence. Witness the debacle of Shadow Home Secretary Dianne Abbot who couldn’t even remember her brief on the day she was announcing an increase in police numbers.


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If you have not had a chance to, YouTube it – you really should! Ms. Abbot revealed her smugness with the arrogance that smacks of ‘I know better’. Until, that is, she forgot how much more an increase in police would cost and stuttered and hummed and mis-spoke.


I asked her office how much she earnt in 2015/2016 but got no answer. In addition to an MP’s salary she earns TV appearance fees and the BBC was reprimanded for paying her to appear regularly.


This example is another indicator of why Britain voted to Brexit. We are fed up with lip-service politicians and bureaucrats forever telling us that they know better. How dare they! Let’s hope we see a new era of politics where the old guard is voted out (and I’m not being partisan here – I mean any salaried MP who has belted out bloomers just to gain air-space) and a new era of proper, working MPs is ushered in. I want a Party that has enough MPs who are not twits and a leader who speaks plainly, in English, in short sentences and does not dissemble. Say it like it is. Reflect and implement the will of the people. Don’t think you know better.


Sadly, I think we will have less young people voting than ever. I believe the 18-24 cohorts will wonder why they should bother. I also think we have less people voting than did in the referendum last year because they too are sick to the back teeth of the ‘white noise’ of current politics.


I think the UKIP vote will go to the Conservatives.


I think the traditional Labour voter will go to the Conservatives. Not just because of Labour’s hopeless leader but because the Conservative party is making promises that were once the ground of the Labour party.


I think the LibDems shot themselves in the foot appointing Tim Farron. And their manifesto policy to legalise cannabis – give me a break. Don’t we have more important things to get sorted?


I am thoroughly exhausted with this nonsense and wish I could time warp myself a month ahead just to get the pain of the next few weeks over and done with.


Sandra Paul


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