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UK general election, two perspectives (E311)

It may turn out to be as momentous a general election as any since Margaret Thatcher changed everything in 1979. In fact, Boris Johnson’s share of the vote for the Tories has not been bettered since Thatcher in 1979.

Labour on the other hand now has the lowest number of MPs since 1935. All the optimism of the Corbyn era, just four years, is deflating fast as the leader’s famously-loyal MPs seek to heap the blame on him. Central to the Corbyn project has been Andrew Murray. Seconded to the Leader of the Opposition office from his day job as chief of staff at Unite the Union and former president of Stop the War Coalition we invited him into the Sputnik studio to find out what went wrong for Labour.

The endless, some thought mindless, repetition of ‘Get Brexit Done’ seems to have worked far better than the confetti showering of money in the mammoth Labour manifesto. And it seems now overwhelmingly likely that Brexit will be done though at what cost economic and constitutionally remains to be seen. 43% of the voting public backed Boris Johnson despite all questions over probity and integrity. So, we looked across the tracks to Conservative-supporting journalist and broadcaster Patrick Christys and asked him what went so right for the Tories.

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