T’was The Election Before Christmas

After 4 attempts, Boris Johnson has finally got the election he wanted, even though just a couple of months ago he was clear he didn’t want one. All we’ll be getting this year for Christmas, it seems, is an election; the December 12th vote being the first one in that month since the early 1920s.

The battlelines are clearly drawn: Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, wants to get Brexit out of the way to talk about the things that really matter; Jeremy Corbyn wants to ignore Brexit and talk about the things that his party has stronger policies on; and everyone else wants something in between. 

It is clear that this election will be all about Brexit and where, as a country we go next.

Boris Johnson,  the Conservative Prime Minister, is painting the picture that it is “the people vs parliament”. MPs have bound his hands and forced him to get an extension to the Article 50 process and so he wants an election to allow him to get his deal done. At least that’s what he says. Johnson is keen to show a different side to the Conservatives, he wants to spend and invest in our public sector. He fails to accept that in many cases the investment he is making doesn’t actually cover the cuts that have occurred since 2010, when the Tories came to power and implemented austerity measures. 

The Labour Party under its current leader Jeremy Corbyn has said that it is time for “Real Change” and there is no doubt, no matter your perspective, that there will be real, fundamental change under a Labour government. Interestingly, unlike many of the other parties, Labour would like to focus on other things outside of Brexit. Their position, to negotiate a new deal then put that deal to the people in a referendum, is by no means as simple nor easy to explain on the doorstep as other party’s. Having said this, we saw in the 2017 election that this kind of push for radical policies really did spark the imagination of many people up and down the country. 


The Liberal Democrats are quite clearly pro-Remain. But many people think that their policy to revoke Article 50 without a public vote, if they get a majority government, is undemocratic. We have seen that the Lib Dems are riding a bit of a wave compared to where they have been in the last 2 general elections, but we’ll have to wait till December 12th to see if that wave actually leads anywhere. 

Credit- Liberal Democrats

Finally the Brexit Party, who seem to be threatening Labour’s marginal seats mostly, and look to be trying to come to some type of agreement with the Conservatives. But nearly every Tory that’s been asked has rejected this idea so it certainly doesn’t look to be on the cards. They are sure to shake this election up but no one is quite sure how much impact they will have.

This paper won’t endorse a particular party but it will endorse this message: register to vote, either here in Newcastle-under-Lyme or at your home constituency. You can register in both if you like, but only vote once. It takes 5 minutes and without doing it you won’t be able to vote. It is so important that students up and down the country have their voice heard, no matter the party they support. You can register to vote here:  https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

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