What if we have left it too late? What if three years of dreary and petulant delay have made possible the one outcome that, in a country like Britain, should have been impossible – namely the election of a Marxist-led government?
Had Theresa May stood down after the 2017 election, the Conservative Party would now be hoovering up mainstream Labour voters repelled by Jeremy Corbyn. Had she been ousted last December, her successor would have inherited a healthy lead. But now the opinion polls have the Conservatives in fourth place – something that has never happened before. According to Electoral Calculus, the party would win just 22 seats.
The Tories are belatedly holding the leadership contest...
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