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Many British MPs are not contesting polls, and why

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15.11.2019

“Blessed are the meek
For they shall inherit the earth —
Probably a handful of it!

Don’t get off your high horse
A ride comes before a fall.

If you can count your chickens
Before they are hatched
You’ll be a hedge-fund manager.”
From Sauce for the Goose is Good Propaganda by Bachchoo

Britain goes to the polls on December 12 and the list of candidates who will stand has now been finalised. Very many MPs of the dissolved Parliament have declared they are standing down, some because they are past retirement age but very many because they don’t wish to be associated with the parties to which they have long belonged.

Both the main parties of the UK, the Tories and Labour, have suffered deep schisms over Brexit.

The Tories expelled 19 of its MPs for voting against Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Brexit policies. Similar schisms occurred in the Labour Party over Brexit policy, with MPs quitting, being thrown out and defecting to the Liberal Democratic Party.

Other Labour MPs resigned over the allegation that Labour, under the present leadership of Jeremy Corbyn, has become an anti-Semitic party, an allegation which Labour strenuously denies. Nevertheless, several Jewish MPs have left the party and will not now stand.

The more startling reason for MPs to stand down and abandon their political ambitions is new and nasty. Several women MPs say they no longer want to serve as such because in doing their duty they face a deluge of abuse and threats. Nicky........

© The Asian Age