Now British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has won his mandate for Brexit in the UK general election – What next?
It is still sweet honeymoon season for Johnson and who can begrudge him? He has won the most decisive victory for his ruling Conservative Party in 32 years since its mythical Golden Age under Iron Lady Margaret Thatcher herself.
The opposition Labour Party, which for the past three years appeared to be within a short breath of taking power under its most radical leader ever Jeremy Corbyn has instead been annihilated in its most invulnerable strongholds in the North, Wales and the Midlands and reduced to its lowest standing since 1935.
At a tactical political level, Johnson has performed brilliantly. He has annihilated the UK Independence Party and reduced its previously formidable leader Nigel Farage to an asterisk.
Farage made the fatal and irredeemable mistake of agreeing to stand down his party candidates across the country to allow a united front against Corbyn and Labour. Now his party is nonexistent in parliament.
Johnson has taken the popular Brexit “Leave the European Union” issue away from Farage firmly and forever. There is nowhere left for him to go except oblivion.
Johnson has been equally brilliant, decisive and demanding in establishing firm control of his own ruling Conservatives. He has singlehandedly reversed its dismal dynamic of decline going back nearly 30 years to when Thatcher was toppled in an internal party coup in 1990.
Johnson has established a potential new heartland for a more nationalist, government-intervention-leaning party in the Midlands and North, taking a winning leaf out of his friend US President Donald Trump’s winning political playbook in the United States.
Johnson has also axed the last “old empire” free market romantics – David Davis, and Liam Fox – who held senior positions under his predecessor, hapless flailing Theresa May. In three years, they failed to land a single worthwhile trade deal with any nation whatsoever, a record of failure and incompetence remarkable even for May’s Cabinet.
Next to be dumped are the last Northern Irish Protestant Unionists of the divisive old Democratic Unionist Party. These remarkable Know Nothing old dinosaurs kept May in power for three years of bungling and failure – and Johnson from his vision of power for just as long.
Now they will be sacrificed on the compromises Johnson still must make with the European Union to finalize the Brexit deal he promised his supporters in England and Wales.
Johnson has proved his tactical political genius. But the strategic price he has paid for it is colossal, catastrophic and epochal. e has puerged the useless old free market romatnics David Davis, liam Fox and Jacob Rees Mogg who proved under The United Kingdom – the powerful, efficient, centralized, ultra-stable state that generated British world power for 320 years – is now gone, gone, gone forever.
Expect now the rapid secession of Scotland from the United Kingdom to stay in the EU.
Highly capable and focused Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has already declared her determination to hold a second referendum on full independence from the United Kingdom and with her party in absolute dominance of its country, she will get it.
At home, expect rapid moves by Johnson to privatize and slash the National Health Service and dismember it for the profit of US giant pharmaceutical corporations. The EU bureaucracy and directives that in fact protected Britain’s poor from far worse exploitation by their own leaders are now going to vanish as well.
Also expect closer than ever – indeed, entirely slavish – British devotion to US adventurous, aggressive and expansionist policies against Russia and China, in NATO and across the Middle East. There will be increased UK military involvement in US wars and destabilizing interventions around the world.
Johnson’s only sane economic hope is to settle for a “soft” Brexit agreement with the EU and then sell it to the British public as a “hard” one. It is already clear that any deal he gets will be far, far worse than the one he betrayed and undercut Theresa May for painstakingly negotiating earlier.
Eventually Britain’s economy – the fifth largest in the world – will wither and the City of London’s 330 year reign as the world’s financial center is about to end.
But for now, Boris will party.