Politics has become divisive, dismissive, and distant. The Benthamite section will prove the diversity of opinion that The Gower Street Journal champions and the civility that needs to return to our political discourse. It will give our editorial team the opportunity to engage in friendly debate as they tackle the greatest issues of our time and allow interested contributors to write opinion pieces on a variety of topics. Expect discussions on the two referenda coming to New Zealand’s shores this winter, one or two disputes on the US Presidential Election, and so much more.
The Prime Minister took to the stage in Dudley to announce a bold plan to invest an additional £5 billion to kickstart Britain’s post-pandemic economic recovery. Johnson added that as a consequence of this investment ‘we will not just bounce back, we will bounce forward’ from the economic downturn that the pandemic has forced upon us.
Little over four years ago, on the 23rd of June 2016, the people of this country voted to leave the EU. And now, after plenty of twists and turns, we are on the final straight.
In the aftermath of the Brexit Party’s triumphant victory in the 2019 European parliamentary elections, it was widely anticipated that Farage’s party would split the Leave vote in any future general elections. These concerns became even more apparent when the Eurosceptic parties failed to displace Labour in Peterborough or fend off the Liberal Democrats in the Brecon and Radnorshire by-election.
It is hard to ignore the strides that the Labour Party have taken forward during the pandemic. Since party members installed Sir Keir Starmer as party leader, Labour has significantly reduced the Tories lead and the former head of the Crown Prosecution Service has challenged the Prime Minister at the dispatch box. However, the sacking of arch-Corbynite, Rebecca Long-Bailey, demonstrate the problems that the former Shadow Brexit Secretary can expect to face once Britain enters the so-called new normal.
Last Friday, Katy Balls, the deputy political editor of The Spectator magazine, highlighted that there is a growing divide emerging in the post-Brexit Conservative Party.
However, this divide is not a rebirth or mutation of the party’s longstanding disunity on the issue of Britain’s membership of the European Union. This is a divide revolves around the potential trade deal forged between Whitehall and Washington DC.
Since the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition first locked horns in early May, the pair have created a fractious and confrontational relationship. In the first few encounters, the former head of the Crown Prosecution Service utilised the barren benches behind the Prime Minister to turn PMQs into a moot court. At times Boris Johnson was left dithering, clenching his hair and pleading for his colleagues to jeer him on.
Tonight, Joe Biden has officially received the nomination from the Democratic Party to take on Donald Trump in November’s Presidential election. Again, as in 2016, this election is all but impossible to predict. Opinion polls tend to predict that Joe Biden will defeat Donald Trump in November, but the truth is they are all over the place and this is made no better by the volatility that the coronavirus has brought to politics. However, the poll published in tomorrow’s Sunday Express is significant. Less so because its highlighted the path for Trump to win 270 electoral college votes and return to the White House, but because it has pinpointed key issues for American voters. The key issues that will decide the election.
You cannot switch on the news without journalists or politicians arguing, usually against, the actions of the Prime Minister’s special adviser. And whilst this has led to a slump, not only in support for Boris Johnson, but also in confidence in the government, we cannot let Mr Cummings’ 260-mile journey divert attention from the fight against coronavirus.