Guest essay by Eric Worrall
Should US Republicans advocate Canadian / British style health care, hard lockdowns, and climate action? British Conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson has just won an impressive by-election victory. But dark economic and political storm clouds loom on the horizon of the green BoJo country.
Pinkerton: What the Republican Party can learn from the British Conservative Party’s great victory
JAMES P. PINKERTON
May 8, 2021
Like the British did
This is why American Conservatives should watch out for the recent special elections in Hartlepool, UK: the UK Conservative Party has modernized and mobilized to win a constituency that the Labor Party has held for nearly 60 years. In fact, the Conservative candidate won the seat on May 7th by more than 23 points.
This is a story worth paying attention to, with the aim of repeating it here.
The parallels between American Conservatives and British Conservatives are strong and, more recently, even stronger as the two parties have taken a populist, pro-working class, anti-globalist turn.
As we all remember, British voters approved the Brexit referendum in June 2016. Then, of course, in November 2016, Donald Trump was elected President of the United States. And in July 2019, after the weak conservatives faltered over Brexit, Boris Johnson became Prime Minister with a blanket promise: “Get Brexit Done”. Johnson won in a massive landslide; It was the biggest victory for the Tories since 1935. Then Johnson kept his Brexit promise, taking in voters who had supported Nigel Farage’s British Independence Party.
However, Johnson had more to offer than Brexit. His successful political platform was heavily influenced by conservative and populist issues. He pledged more money for police, science, health care, apprenticeship training, and infrastructure while holding the line for personal tax hikes. Johnson also promised to limit immigration and increase crime.
Of course, Americans haven’t fully taken out national health insurance, though the Affordable Care Act now offers healthy scope for public support. Additionally, the ruby red states of Idaho, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Utah have only voted in favor of the expansion of Medicaid in the past three years, bringing many working-class families (the poor have always been covered under Medicaid) into the protective embrace of Medicaid health insurance.
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At the moment the UK is backing Boris Johnson. He gave them a lot of money during the lockdown, and his authoritarian approach made frightened people feel safe. Its massive renewable energy subsidies also play a good role with a population that has been tirelessly touted by the government-funded BBC about the need for climate action.
Business confidence is also at a record high – all of the money the UK government has pumped into the economy has supported demand.
But sooner or later someone has to pay for the bread and the circuses. The UK’s national debt has topped £ 2 trillion for the first time – the UK government owes 144% of GDP, according to the OECD.
There has also been growing unrest against endless Covid bans, although Boris Johnson’s Covid authoritarianism seems to enjoy overwhelming public support for now, if the Hartlepool election is a guide.
It is possible that U.S. Republicans could achieve a similarly overwhelming victory by copying elements of Boris Johnson’s formula that resonated with the Democrats. by assuming government funding for green measures (and providing incredibly optimistic estimates of the costs and benefits), the promise of comprehensive free universal health care, the promise of generous benefits, spending on borrowed money like water, and gaining an advantage over their adversaries by leveraging people’s trust in the Republican economy of stewardship.
However, this would be a profoundly untenable road to victory. Promising the impossible might get your foot in the door, but sooner or later people find they have been misled.
Boris Johnson’s Britain has to somehow contain and repay this spiraling national debt of 144% of GDP. Massive investments in solar panels and wind farms will do nothing for the UK’s economic competitiveness. The inevitable tough tax hikes required to pay for all this big government populism could cause Britain’s newfound business confidence to dissipate as quickly as it seemed.