June 8: Britain will got to the polls on Thursday. Prime Minister Theresa May called the election to beef up her Conservative Party members in Parliament (something she said she would not do). It looked like a move that would increase her support in the coming Brexit negotiations (although she was not a keen supporter of Brexit in last year's referendum). How are things going for her?
One consequence of her turnabouts is the popularity of a song, "Liar, Liar." Another is what looks like a narrowing of poll numbers; the race has tightened. Finally, Labor Party leader Jeremy Corbyn has proven to be a better campaigner than expected.
Anne Applebaum is covering the election in her Wash Post columns. As the election approaches, here is her assessment of the tightening race: "In the end, it may also be that the European
referendum last June destabilized the British political scene even more
than we thought possible. Suddenly a huge host of questions has been
opened up, from the future of Northern Ireland to the future of London’s
financial services industry. For nearly a year, nobody in public life
has really attempted to answer any of them" (including the Prime Minister).
Will a Conservative Party failure open the Brexit decision to another referendum?