A new poll has revealed that —faced with the soul-crushing choice between communist anti-Semite Jeremy Corbyn, and Remainer school mistress Theresa May — British voters are willing to look to other parties.
A YouGov poll, commissioned by the Sunday Times, has revealed that 38 per cent of voters would consider voting for a new party on the right that was committed to Brexit. That’s a significant chunk of people who have maintained their pro-Brexit stance, and who believe that Theresa May is not delivering on it.
The poll also showed, however, that 33 per cent of the British public would support a new "centrist" and anti-Brexit political party – exciting news for Vince Cable, who is reported to be having private meetings and discussions with other Remain MPs, about setting up a new pro-EU party.
But the most interesting thing this poll reveals is that 24 per cent of people are willing to vote for a "far right, anti-immigrant, anti-Islam party."
That’s a significant number of people, but did you notice the same thing I noticed? How many people, on "our side," are really "anti-immigrant" or "far-right"? It seems to me that the results of this poll are skewed.
Had the voters been asked whether they supported a moderate political party that was opposed to mass immigration and religious authoritarianism, I suspect there would be vastly more than the 24 per cent who saw through the "far right" smear. In fact, I would suspect that the number would have been even higher than the 38 per cent willing to vote for a right-leaning pro-Brexit party.
Why? Because the voters care about more than just Brexit.
A poll from 2017 showed that 47 per cent of British people wanted to stop immigration from Muslim majority countries. This is significant.
Furthermore, a poll from 2016 showed only 31 per cent of people over the age of 24 believed that Islam is compatible with British values – and despite the indoctrination of our youth in our schools and universities, just 43 per cent of 18-24-year-olds agreed that the religion is compatible with British values.
Again, this is significant, and it cannot be ignored.
This new poll failed to recognise that there is a growing number of moderate, decent people in this country with concerns beyond Brexit. The single-policy politics of UKIP — a barometer party that only shifts in the polls when the Tories make a move on Brexit — won’t do any more. Evidently the British people want something new.
So let’s say there’s another poll, which asked people what kind of new party they’d vote for. These are the questions I would propose it asks:
If you would consider voting for a new political party, which values/policies would you like the party to represent?
1) Far-left, socialism, open border.
2) Capitalist, libertarian, open borders.
3) Centre-ground, anti-Islam, anti-mass-immigration.
4) Extreme right, anti-immigration.
I would say that most people in the UK would be able to identify with one of these four positions somewhat comfortably.
It more accurately represents divides in our country, with 3) and 4) summing up the positions of working and middle class people outside of London, 1) summing up youth politics and middle-aged Londoners, and 2) summing up the politics of many modern Tories who call themselves conservatives but in reality, don’t really know what they stand for.
I should note that, currently, only 1) and 2) appear to be represented in mainstream British politics. I’d like to see 3) represented in the House of Commons — finally — but I don’t think any of the main parties right now can offer that.