May 9, 2015

ANGLOSPHERIC SAMENESS:

UK Election Results: A Conservative Surge and a Defeat for Socialism (Nile Gardiner, May 08, 2015, Daily Signal)

2. Britain is at heart still a conservative country.

Britain's two main center right parties, the Conservative Party and UK Independence Party won 49.4 percent of the total vote. In England, the Right was dominant in terms of the overall vote.

The idea that Britain is becoming a more liberal country is a myth. From government spending to immigration, the U.K. has become more, not less, conservative in recent years on most key issues.

The Conservative Party would have secured an even greater share of the vote had David Cameron not alienated many grassroots supporters with highly controversial "modernizing" policies such as backing gay marriage and increasing spending on foreign aid, both deeply unpopular with the Conservative base.

3. The European Union referendum will go ahead.

David Cameron has pledged to hold a referendum on Great Britain's membership of the European Union in 2017. Ed Miliband opposed holding a popular vote on the EU, and the defeat of the Labour Party now opens the way for the referendum to move forward.

If the British people vote to leave the EU, the U.S.-U.K. special relationship will be further strengthened, and Britain will be in a strong position to negotiate a free trade agreement with the United States.

If we added Australia, New Zealand, Britain (and Scandinavia) to NAFTA, the rest of the world would have no choice but to seek deals.  It would be GATT by the back door.
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