"Strong and Stable" May or "Intellectually Incoherent" Abbott? (1)
Photograph: Guardian Design Team. https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/may/10/strong-and-stable-leadership-could-theresa-mays-rhetorical-carpet-bombing-backfire
In reply to a question about Diane Abbott:
I've never been very impressed by her - even nearly thirty years ago, when I used to see her rolling her eyes on the Parliamentary back benches! Trouble is Corbyn has been deserted by most of the PLP so he has even less talent to choose from. She clearly has little grasp of financial matters or even basic maths and that does not bode well for high office. (2)
It also gives traction to one of the strongest Conservative attacks: that Labour can't be trusted financially, whilst conveniently air-brushing the fact that the former have actually doubled the national debt to an historic high, in less than ten years!
Despite the concerted media attack on him, the poor showing of Labour in the polls, is more the result of the disunity and disloyalty of MP's, than it is dislike of Corbyn. Indeed if his ability to attract a crowd is anything to go by, his popular appeal has not been equalled since the days of Lloyd George and Churchill. However, there is certainly a question mark over Labour's credibility and suitability to form a government when it cannot even form a shadow one.
Of course this is a gift to the unpopular May and the Conservatives and explains why, despite everything, they are ahead in the polls. As with all demagogues and potential autocrats seeking public support, she relies on generated anxiety to underpin her election mantra of "Strong and Stable".
We should never forget the well-known saying that "Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel" or that fascist policies are often insinuated under its protective banner.
Where does this leave the voter?
As you say people will be put off voting in such a way that will prevent any effective opposition to a government effectively controlled by faceless people and interests with a very dangerous agenda.
Theresa May meeting the rock star Alice Cooper in 2010
Remember if she and her party get back in, it takes us to 2022 at the earliest, when the dark trend, using fraudulent 'terrorism' as an excuse, will be continued in such a way that there will be no going back and the Britain we thought we had, will be no more - and not for the better for the average citizen.
1. Her own description reported here: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/7751209/Diane-Abbott-is-the-only-woman-for-the-job.html
2. See: http://www.standard.co.uk/news/politics/labours-diane-abbott-stumped-on-police-officer-policy-in-car-crash-live-interview-a3528136.html