New MP Sarah Green celebrates her Chesham y-election victory with Liberal Democrat leader Ed Davey and party supporters, June 17, 2021 (PA)
I spoke with talkRADIO’s Claudia-Liza Vanderpuije on Saturday to consider the state of UK politics, particularly if both the ruling Conservative Party and opposition Labour are in trouble — and what an alternative might be.
I begin with a Parliamentary by-election in southern England on Thursday, in which the Conservatives lost the seat to the Liberal Democrats with a 25% swing in the vote. Labour finished a distant fourth with only 622 votes out of almost 38,000 cast.
With the economic shock from Brexit already in progress, will Prime Minister Boris Johnson — whose only quality was electoral appeal amid his failures in governance — lead the Conservatives on a downward spiral?
Can a progressive coalition be established to offer hope for the UK?