Britain rarely gets heated up about its local elections. Our democracy is so constrained that councils have little independent power. Most of us would be hard-pressed to name our local counciller or their party. But the vote on May 3rd 2018 will be particularly crucial because, if voters wish, they can use it as a run for the second Brexit referendum we may never have. Brexit has unleashed racism, a harping back to false glory days of Empire and unpalatable extremism. May 3rd gives us an opportunity to send an ultimatum to our hapless political leaders to get their act together now or get out. The vote could become a massive groundswell against political polarization.
Most British people do not support the Marxist doctrine of Labour’s back-stabbing, kidney-punching, false-news peddling Momentum movement which represents current Labour Party doctrine. Nor do they support the loopy vision of the over-educated and under-experienced millionaire elite, the Rees-Mogg-Johnson-Gove-Hannan-etc cult which appears to begin each day jumping up and down North Korea-style, reciting Alice in Wonderland miracles of patriotism and self-reliance.
Most of us want something sensible so we can get on with our lives and are bored senseless with this and that on single markets, custom unions, free trade deals and Irish borders. Politicians are paid to fix things and govern not naval gaze over every decision on Day-Time TV.
The May 3rd elections include 32 London boroughs, 34 metropolitan boroughs, 68 district and borough councils, and five direct mayoral posts and a few more things. If the same 48 per cent who voted remain and those leavers aghast at what is unfolding together with EU tax-paying citizens put a cross next to a Liberal Democrat, both the Tories and Labour would be sent a message to calm down, grow up and govern with maturity, moderation and vision.
The Liberal Democrats have been fairly hapless themselves. But that is not the point. It doesn’t matter if they plant a tree here or fix a pot hole there. Bigger goals are at stake and they are on the ballot paper which is why my instinct is to vote for whatever Liberal Democrat candidate is standing in my neighbourhood. If we really want a softer, more collegiate and less divisive Brexit, then the Liberal Democrats are the only Party on the ballot that can ram that point home.
It is a sorry situation that both main stream parties are now being propelled by extremism. But, we are where we are. Lift the Liberal Democrat share of the vote from seven per cent to sixty per cent and the message will be clear