Johnson gifts Labour ‘Dickensian’ narrative. December election history
Labour insiders are quietly happy that Boris Johnson has blundered into gifting Labour an ideal environment for a general election, as news emerges that Jeremy Corbyn will whip MPs to vote for Johnson’s one-line bill to call a December general election.
Labour’s campaign will be all about the real-life, bread-and-butter issues facing millions of people in a country blighted by soaring poverty, job insecurity and collapsing services after almost a decade of Tory government.
A cold-weather election as families face the the struggle to keep their children warm and fed, let alone to provide a good Christmas for them, makes the realities of Tory Britain and the desperate need for the change that Labour offers inescapable.
Historically, December elections have typically seen high turnouts and have not often gone well for the Tories, from the 1910 election seeing them remain in opposition to the 1923 general election on 6 December resulting in a hung Parliament and on to Heath’s failed gambit in the 1970s.
A Labour source told the SKWAWKBOX:
We have millions of kids in poverty and a country desperate for change. Christmas is meant to be a happy time but it means misery for many and struggle for many more.
The hope and vision that Labour offers and the need to end the disaster of Tory government will be clear and no media efforts will be able to disguise that.
As the SKWAWKBOX exclusively reported, Jeremy Corbyn will whip MPs to vote for a general election – and for the voting age to be lowered to sixteen – in today’s Commons vote.
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