DAILY MAIL COMMENT: Don’t let us sleepwalk into catastrophe. You MUST use your vote – and stop this proud nation plunging into greatest crisis since the war
Like a weary long-distance runner gasping and staggering into the final straight, this third election campaign inside five years finally draws towards its conclusion.
Officially it has lasted six weeks. To many of us, it feels like years.
For the most part it has been an unedifying Punch and Judy show, leaving voters even more cross and disillusioned with our political class than before.
Some may question whether it’s even worth bothering to turn out tomorrow.
Jeremy Corbyn speaks to a rally in Bristol on December 9 ahead of the general election on Thursday
For the sake of their country, they must snap out of it and realise exactly what’s at stake.
Britain stands at a crossroads. Which path we take depends on you. And make no mistake, every vote counts. Your vote counts.
Be in no doubt, a hung parliament with Jeremy Corbyn as Prime Minister at the head of a ramshackle Remain alliance would be the greatest disaster to befall this proud country since the war.
Don’t just take our word for it. Even his own Shadow Cabinet colleague Jonathan Ashworth believes he’s ‘abysmal’, a security risk and unfit for office. And he’s hardly alone.
A Corbyn-led government would prompt an immediate run on the pound, a collapse in stock prices and a calamitous tax, borrow and spend spree that would bankrupt the nation and leave a legacy of crippling debt to future generations.
Ordinary working people would be far poorer and the jobs miracle of the last nine years would be shattered at a stroke. And for all Labour’s cant about being the party of the NHS, all our public services would be desperately starved of investment as the country ran out of money
Be in no doubt, a hung parliament with Jeremy Corbyn as Prime Minister at the head of a ramshackle Remain alliance would be the greatest disaster to befall this proud country
Yet, incredibly, this dystopian nightmare could still happen. Though the polls show a steady Tory lead, psephologists tell us that just a few tens of thousands of votes going the wrong way in 30 or so key marginals could put Mr Corbyn into No 10.
So the Mail says this: don’t sleepwalk into catastrophe.
Use your vote and, if you yearn for a fair, prosperous and dynamic Britain, cast it for Boris Johnson.
Any other choice, any type of protest vote is a vote for Mr Corbyn and national penury.
Tomorrow promises to be wet, windy, cold and miserable for most of the country, with daylight fading in many places by 3.30pm.
On Brexit, every critic said Mr Johnson would never persuade the EU to reopen the withdrawal agreement and negotiate a new deal. But he did
But that cannot be allowed to deter us from casting our votes. And if elderly or immobile friends and family need help to exercise their democratic rights, we must see they get to the polling stations too.
This election is on a knife-edge. The risks of not turning out are simply too great.
More than any other election of modern times, this one will see a surge in tactical voting. Through shabby alliances and backstage deals, pro-Remain parties are desperately trying to manipulate and maximise the anti-Brexit vote.
Labour and the Liberal Democrats are ploughing massive resources into Remain-supporting constituencies they believe they can wrest from Tory control.
They are hoping that some Tory Remainers are still so bitter that they can be persuaded to defect.
For them to do so would be an error of seismic proportions. A vote for any party other than Conservative is a vote for Mr Corbyn.
Only one party can prevent us going back into that Slough of Despond, and that is the Tories. Get Brexit done with Johnson. Or slide back into the quagmire with Corbyn
Only he or Mr Johnson will be the next Prime Minister. Potential waverers must consider this: however angry you may be about Europe, there is no possible Brexit outcome that could be anywhere near as damaging as five years of Marxist rule.
Do you really want that on your conscience?
The same goes for anyone tempted to vote for the Brexit Party.
All you can do is split the Leave vote — keeping the Tories out in some vital constituencies.
This would let Labour in and torpedo Brexit altogether.
So if you want Britain to honour the referendum result and leave the EU, vote for Boris.
This has, of course, been cast as the Brexit election and it’s true that it was sparked by the lamentable failure of Westminster to deliver on the referendum result.
After three years of bickering and self-indulgence from our MPs, parliamentary democracy ground to a halt. The national interest was subsumed to petty politics and, as a result, government effectively ceased to function.
Only one party can prevent us going back into that Slough of Despond, and that is the Tories. Get Brexit done with Johnson. Or slide back into the quagmire with Corbyn.
A Corbyn-led government would prompt an immediate run on the pound, a collapse in stock prices and a calamitous tax and borrow and spend spree that would bankrupt the nation
But vital as it is to deliver an orderly Brexit, this election is now about so much more. It’s about the kind of country we want to be.
A country of compassionate One-Nation Conservatism. Or one of envy, conflict and resentment.
A country where initiative and self-reliance are admired and rewarded. Or one where private enterprise is suffocated by the dead hand of state control. A country which lives within its means. Or Venezuela without the sunshine.
In the Mail today, we lay out ten reasons not to vote Corbyn. Every one is compelling, and we could easily have come up with more.
The rancid infection of anti-Semitism that runs unchecked through the Labour Party should be enough on its own to damn him.
How is it possible that the idealistic young (not to mention many others who should be old enough to know better) flock to a party whose leader gives succour to bigots and terrorists. A man described by the Chief Rabbi as a threat to British Jews and by a former head of MI6 as a grave risk to our national security?
This is a party dripping with bile and prejudice not just against Jews, but against anyone who disagrees with their Marxist world view.
As Rabbi Jonathan Sacks reminded us recently, hatred that starts with the Jews, never ends with the Jews. Yet there are normally sensible people who would propel Corbyn to power.
Equally, this is also a party of stupendous financial illiteracy, peddling monstrous economic fairy tales. Anyone who truly believes they can fund their ruinous spending programme by ‘asking the top five per cent of earners to pay just a little bit more’ is living in dreamland.
Free tuition fees, free broadband, free social care, free school meals for all, a big public sector pay rise, £58 billion compensation for women whose state pension age was increased, borrow £400 billion for a ‘transformation fund’ – on and on it goes.
There are plans for the appropriation of private property and company shares. It is the economics of the madhouse and would beggar the country.
In this age of globalisation, big companies and wealthy individuals would flee these shores in their droves, leaving an even bigger black hole in Labour’s sums.
So much for the negatives of voting Labour. What of the positives of voting Conservative?
Though it has not come through strongly enough in this campaign, the Tories have a great story to tell. From the ashes left to them by the last Labour government, they have rebuilt a strong and resilient economy.
Yes, there has been austerity. But without it, there would have been no recovery. The Labour idea that it was an ideological choice, rather than a necessity, is a downright lie.
Its legacy has been a jobs miracle, in which employment is at a record high, wages are now growing well and GDP growth, while modest, has consistently outsripped the ailing eurozone.
Labour would throw all that away in a heartbeat.
On Brexit, every critic said Mr Johnson would never persuade the EU to reopen the withdrawal agreement and negotiate a new deal. But he did — and it’s ready to go, potentially releasing a flood of pent-up investment.
Boris believes in Britain and is eager to unleash its potential. He has imaginative plans for the NHS, the neglected regions, raising the minimum wage, policing, social care, education and many of the other issues closest to voters’ hearts.
But they can be achieved only once the Gordian knot of Brexit is severed. And that will happen only if Britain hands Boris a majority tomorrow.
So whatever the difficulties, whatever the weather, get to the polling station tomorrow and make sure he gets it. Then, at last, he may be able to put a smile back on Britain’s face.
The alternative — and there really is only one — is Corbyn, Marxism and the economic abyss.
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