Letters: This election result underscored the value of parliamentary democracy

SIR – The chasm between the predictions of another hung parliament and the actual election result shows the stranglehold that the Left-leaning elite has on much of the mainstream and social media.

People with different opinions are shot down and smeared as racists or stupid, and so we retreat into silence, waiting for our chance to vote. The election result demonstrates that voters think for themselves despite the onslaught of propaganda.

Most importantly, it shows the value of our parliamentary democracy. We came close to losing it and this Government must ensure it is never put in jeopardy again. It should start by fixing the boundary disparities.

Alison Levinson
Hastings, East Sussex

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The Conservatives have formed a rebel alliance. Now they must seize control of Whitehall

Four days after a historic, epoch-defining Conservative victory and the mood is not triumphalist, it is one of relief. Relief that the country finally said no to debilitating indecision and the never-ending, anti-democratic rerun of the Brexit debate. Even Lord Heseltine has conceded defeat. The Lib Dems lost their leader and every single ex-Tory Remainer was beaten; it’s astonishing that these people ever enjoyed the attention they did. Thanks to the remarkable political skills of Boris Johnson, Dominic Cummings and Isaac Levido, we now live in an exciting new world, the one we should’ve entered immediately after the 2016 referendum.

The election wasn’t just about Brexit, however: there’s relief,…

It may not feel like it, but this election could turn out to be as pivotal as 1945 or 1979

In the 21st century so far, no general election has been pivotal. The first two – 2001 and 2005 – merely maintained the New Labour dominance established in 1997. The ensuing ones – 2010 and 2015 – allowed some change of tone under David Cameron, but did not fundamentally alter the state of the nation. The last – 2017, called by Theresa May – intensified a miserable parliamentary stasis.

In the post-war 20th century, the pivots were 1945 (for socialism), 1979 (for Thatcherism) and 1997 (for Blairism). Is 2019 about to be the first turning point since Tony Blair, early on a warm May morning, declared: “A new dawn is breaking, is it not?”

Most voters do not seem to think it will be. Earlier this…

Channel 4’s political bias has become too brazen to ignore

How can we justify the state funding of a Channel so incapable of being impartial?

Last night’s stunt by Channel 4 was both petulant and pathetic. It should prompt questions about impartiality and whether this state broadcaster should even remain in public ownership.

I suspect most readers won’t have wasted their Thursday night watching Channel 4’s cripplingly dull "climate leaders debate". So to recap, executives chose to "empty chair" in extravagant style, replacing Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage with symbolic blocks of ice after they declined to attend in person. Though the Conservative Party sent Michael Gove, a former environment minister and fervent environmentalist, to stand in, Channel…

Boris is doing the impossible in Scotland

Disaster was predicted when he took office, but a pro-Union message is winning the PM new fans

Putting Boris Johnson into 10 Downing Street was bound to pose a major challenge to the preservation of the United Kingdom. Scots would never take to a brash Etonian and his accession would usher in the demise of the Conservative Party north of the border, gifting the Tories’ 13 Scottish seats to the SNP and building unstoppable momentum towards another independence referendum. That, at least, was the accepted wisdom when Mr Johnson became Prime Minister in July. 

Now, however, as the Prime Minister launches his party’s Scottish manifesto today, there may well be something extraordinary rustling in…

Our callous metropolitan bourgeoisie have torn apart Britain’s old loyalties with their malign class hatred

Brexit has exposed Remainers’ contempt for the working classes – who can blame them for switching sides?

It’s certainly true – as everybody says – that Brexit has divided the nation. This is generally regarded as a sad thing: a story of friendships renounced and families locked in unforgiving discord. In truth, as this column has commented before, this apparently bitter phase in our civic life may one day come to be seen as a golden age of popular political engagement when apathy and cynicism gave way to real passion and conviction, when people in the shops and in the streets argued openly about the importance of their institutions and the integrity of those who represented them.

In other words,…

Finally, Corbyn starts getting some headlines of his own. And they’re all terrible

Just about the only thing Labour hasn’t struggled to do this week is attract headlines. Up until now, Jeremy Corbyn’s team had relied on the Conservative Party to generate ‘coverage’ for Labour through gaffes, easily adaptable for social media. The Labour press officers must have been thrilled by Boris Johnson’s rather frosty reception from residents in flood-stricken Yorkshire earlier this week; their own spokespeople have turned in poor performance after poor performance.

But then something changed; media coverage of Corbyn’s visit to Scotland focused almost exclusively on the heckling he received from members of the public. That’s the problem with Scotland these days: the atmosphere is so…