Ben Palmer, PAIS student at Warwick University, wants Britons to back the Liberal Democrats, not as the Remainer party, but because he believes that the country wants ‘a strong leader but also are willing to accept compromise.’
Louis Dearmer, of Warwick University, implores readers to follow him in reluctantly voting for Labour.
It is only through electing ‘a majority Labour government will be able to bring together seemingly disparate sections of society and mobilise resources to the greater good of everyone in society.’
The Times/YouGov poll of 100,000 Britons predicts that the political map of the United Kingdom may redraw along the lines of the 2016 referendum, with the Conservatives penetrating the so-called ‘Red Wall’, and Farage’s decision to stand down candidates protects Boris Johnson, in his 67-vulnerable constituencies.
The Brecon and Radnorshire by-election has not proved to be as damaging to the Conservatives as once thought. When the constituents called for the by-election, the Tories were in disarray and subsequently reselected Chris Davies, a man guilty of expenses fraud, probably because they felt they had no hope of winning it. This result will be a bitter-sweet moment for the Liberal Democrats and the Remain Alliance. They may have won the seat, but it is a seat that they should be winning. If they could not win a seat they held from 1997 to 2015, against a contentious candidate, with the Brexit vote split, and their Remain vote unified, then they would be very disappointed indeed.
The last four consecutive YouGov polls have placed the Brexit Party as the largest party; however, because of the first-past-the-post system, this may not see the Brexit Party govern Britain. To ensure that the referendum result is implemented and to prevent Corbyn crippling the country, the two parties must think big and form a pact. The two parties can look to Peterborough to see their vote enabling Labour to succeed, and a potential by-election in Brecon and Radnorshire may prove to be even more damaging. The rural Welsh seat may see the Liberal Democrats sneak to victory with the Tories and Brexit Party in a nail-biting second and third. A failure to create an alliance would lead to greater instability in our economy and our Union with the likely result being a Labour minority government propped up by the Scottish National Party. This could see the results of two referendums overturned; creating more considerable anger and resentment among the 17.4 million.