Tories still lead UK polls on eve of election

| 12/12/2019 | 33 Comments
Cayman News Service
Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn and Tory Leader Boris Johnson during a BBC debate

(CNS): The night before Britain was set to vote in its third election in four years the leader of the Conservative party, Boris Johnson, remained ahead in the opinion polls, despite a series of gaffes and some serious questions surrounding the Tory under-funding of the National Health Service. But the lead had narrowed considerably, leaving the possibility of another hung parliament as the changing landscape of UK politics leaves the result as uncertain as ever.

With a surge in registration of younger voters, tactical voting, split party loyalties over Brexit and considerable uncertainty over the potential turnout, the result is really anyone’s guess.

Here in Cayman, there is no doubt that the government is quietly hoping that Johnson will remain in Number 10 Downing Street, and Lord Ahmad keeps his job as the overseas territories minister. Despite Johnson’s ability to insult and upset everyone and anyone and his proven challenges with the truth, the Tory leader is still seen as a more favorable choice here rather than his opponent.

A Labour government led by Jeremy Corbyn, or even a coalition of progressive parties, could rattle nerves in Cayman over what type of impositions could come from London regarding the financial services sector, in particular. Corbyn and a number of Labour leaders have made it clear that they will be targeting tax havens in the hope of recovering what they believe are the corporate taxes that have not been paid to HM Treasury but instead stashed offshore.

Corbyn also said in a comedy election video, where he reads ‘mean tweets’, that he believes there is a money tree in the Cayman Islands.

Nevertheless, an outright Labour victory still appears more unlikely than an outright victory for the Conservatives.

But things were not going well late Wednesday for Johnson whose central campaign message has been ‘Get Brexit Done’. A leaked recording of the EU’s chief negotiator made it clear that it was “unrealistic” to conclude trade talks with the UK by the end of 2021.

See Jeremy Corbyn’s revelation that there is a money tree in Cayman in a comedy video.


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  1. Que Sera Sera says:

    Time to Change the Headlines:
    BREXIT WILL BE PUSHING THROUGH !!

    I guess CAYMANIAN INDEPENDENCE rhetoric don’t look so bad after all. If UK can break from EU, why can’t Cayman from UK? 🤔

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  2. Anonymous says:

    Lol. Almost as much fun as watching Trump win. There’s still hope for Britain and the US.

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  3. Anonymous says:

    UK elections just closed with exit polls showing a Tory landslide.

    I’ve been exchanging emails with friends in the UK all day and if that is true there are probably three reasons for it –

    1. Nobody trusts Corbyn. One of the emails was from a life-long Labour supporter who voted Tory because of his policies.

    2. Nicola Sturgeon (aka Wee Jimmy Krankie) head of the SNP. The idea of her forming a coalition government with Corbyn is, to quote one email, ‘Too scary to think about!’

    3. Lib-Dem leader Jo Swinson. I can’t post the comment that was sent to me by someone who goes back with the Liberals to the days of the old Lib-Lab pact but he wasn’t exactly complimentary.

    Bluntly, BoJo is hardly an ideal Prime Minister but compared with the alternatives he’s probably the only choice.

    Interestingly, while this is all going on the Israelis are getting set to go to the polls for the third time in a year. I was working out there in 1996 when Netanyahu first became Prime Minister. There was a joke going round – In the USA they have George Bush, Bob Hope, Johnny Cash and Stevie Wonder. In Israel we have Netanyahu, no hope, no cash, no wonder! Despite that he’s hung on pretty well.

    Be interesting to see what happens in politics in the next few months because it looks like Trump is on the way out and here Alden is holding onto power by his proverbial fingertips.

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    • Anonymous says:

      3 Minutes ago – Former Labour home secretary Alan Johnson: ‘Everyone knew Corbyn couldn’t lead the working class out of a paper bag’

    • 345 dreaming says:

      “Trump is on his way out” …you really believe that? Do you remember the last time we all doubted him winning- what happened?

      Have you been following the democratic debates, the silly impeachment effort, the success of the recent economy (and the benefit to these islands) including labour stats? Your take was going so well then you uttered such an out of touch comment . Like him or not and he can be hard to appreciate, but he is going to be voted in by a landslide in 2020.

  4. Newspaper man says:

    I hope they stay in. Because Labour will enforced rediculous same-sex laws on the Cayman Islands in a heart beat! Right now we have a Governor who is all talk. But if Labour gets in, who is to know, may be the next dictator.

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  5. Anonymous says:

    Crush those Commie scum ! England England England !

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    • Anonymous says:

      The last U.K. election. After today the U.K. is finished as Scotland and Northern Ireland go their own way after BREXIT.

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      • V says:

        The Scotish and Irish are not English hey should be on their own, free to determine their own ways forward without the crippled hand of the Master guiding the way.

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        • Anonymous says:

          What about Wales? We’re the only part of the UK to have our language guaranteed by law and our flag does not form part of the Union Flag. You call me English and that’s fighting talk.

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          • Anonymous says:

            Yes, what about Wales? Don’t make the Anglo-Saxons invade and subdue you again. Once every 2000 years is often enough. There are no guarantees the next ttime.

          • Anonymous says:

            The Welsh are really just the English with more sheep.

          • Anonymous says:

            Wales is unique. They get on a per capita basis the largest subsidies within the U.K. and the more interesting fact is they have received more money in EU subsidies than any other part of the EU.

          • Anonymous says:

            A new country in 2021 known as England & Wales like Trinidad & Tobago. Poll after poll in Wales show that they want to leave the EU unlike Scotland and Northern Ireland who want to remain in the EU.

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        • Anonymous says:

          And now they shall. Freeeedom!

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        • Anonymous says:

          Right, the Scots can be the next Slovakia of the north right after they figure out what they are going to use for money.

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        • Anonymous says:

          @V I’d say the English would be very glad to lose Scotland because independence would mean no more Scottish MPs in the UK Parliament. Scotland has produced some of the worst politicians in history (Tony Blair and Gordon Brown are two obvious examples) and in recent years they’ve dominated (or tried to dominate) UK politics.

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          • Anonymous says:

            Ah yes. Tony Blair, the great Scotsman. Not even as Scottish as Trump. Where would England get all their successful football managers from though?

  6. Anonymous says:

    We are all going to be losers with this U.K. election. No winners whatsoever. 2 awful choices.

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  7. Anonymous says:

    The only good Tory is a lavatory.

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