UK Jive

I have The Kinks, not lettuce on my mind in the wake of Liz Truss’ resignation as British Prime Minister and Tory party leader. She lasted a mere 44 days, the shortest-lived run in history. Other than her legendary incompetence and economic illiteracy, Truss will only be remembered as a punchline and trivia question answer after 44 days of doing that UK Jive. She’s an empty suit just like the figure on the Kinks album cover.

Do that UK Jive. OK UK, do that UK Jive.

The British Conservative party has been one of the most successful political parties of all-time. They used to be known for having the will to win. That changed during the disastrous premiership of Boris Johnson. Selecting Truss as his successor reflects the Tory party’s new will to lose. That used to be the domain of the Labour party, which has committed ideological seppuku multiple times. The 2019 Johnson landslide was won because ordinary people *hated* then Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Liz Truss fancied herself the new Margaret Thatcher when she was just a cosplay version. Thatcher was a superb orator with a gift for a well-crafted phrase such as, “The lady’s not for turning.”

Turning is all Truss did in her brief tenure at number 10 Downing Street.

Do that UK Jive. OK UK, do that UK Jive.

The current instability in British governance is down to Brexit. Oddly enough, Truss was against it before she was for it; a remainer before she was a Brexiter.

Here are some eye-popping statistics for the sports fans out there:

  • The next Tory PM will be the 5th in 7 years.
  • There were only 4 PMs between 1979 and 2010.
  • There were only 7 PMs between 1964 and 2010.
  • Tories have been PM for 63 of the last 100 years.

Do that UK Jive. OK UK, do that UK Jive.

The Conservative party’s suicidal impulses are still on display. It looks as if disgraced former PM Boris Johnson will throw his hair in the ring. Why not? His party is already a bad joke thanks to him. Churchill, MacMillan, and Thatcher weep.

Do that UK Jive. OK UK, do that UK Jive.

As our readers know, following British politics is one of my odder hobbies. I’m emphatically pro-Labour. They have a huge lead in the polls but the only way there will be an election before 2025 is if there’s a no confidence vote by the House of Commons. The Tories have a large majority, so the chances are slim and none and slim hopped on the train for Banbury. They will place party before country although it’s past time for them to go after 12 years in power.

Do that UK Jive. OK UK, do that UK Jive.

Brexit has come close to destroying the UK economy and sabotaging the Good Friday Agreement that has kept the peace in Northern Ireland since 1998.

Brexit has done a number on Great Britain’s political system leaving dangerous dolts and dullards in charge of the country. I wish I could do a happy dance over the Tory’s miseries, but people are suffering because of their incompetence and ideological fixations. Their UK Jive has had devastating effects.

Do that UK Jive. OK UK, do that UK Jive.

The last word goes to The Kinks. Stay tuned for The Kinks Dozen on Sunday.

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