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The Iceman Cometh


Nigel Farage may be destined to become the leader of the opposition to a Labour government. It’d be a nightmare come true. 

They both speak the same language. Spandau, September 2017.
They both speak the same language. Spandau, September 2017.

Given the ideological influence he’s had over the last decade, it’s never been out of the question.

Considering the failures of Tory premiers, Farage might just be the strong leader British conservatives have been looking for since Margaret Thatcher’s downfall. A Tory wipeout could open the space for a political realignment on the right.

Meanwhile, the Labour Party looks certain to win on July 4, with Keir Starmer set to become prime minister. His allies have moved swiftly to purge the left and even the soft left in the party while approving right-wingers to run for Parliament.

Labour is preparing for its first taste of real power in fourteen years. A thick streak of authoritarianism runs through it. The party bureaucrats don’t want any dissent holding back the incoming Starmer administration. They’ll crush anyone, even moderates, on their way to victory.

But this version of Labour lacks any vision for what it will do for the country once in power. Starmer has betrayed every promise he has ever made, and his politicking may open a space for a populist revanchism in the future. This is where Nigel Farage comes in.

Farage represents a coalition of angry right-wing voters in Britain. This coalition could easily grow stronger under a born-to-lose Labour government. Disillusionment with Labour may well create an opening for anti-politics to triumph once again.

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Photograph courtesy of James Rea. Published under a Creative Commons license.