Implosion: To collapse, to explode inwards. Also, to fail miserably at something.
The political spectrum is something which has always facinated me. How people can hold such diverse views and believe they hold the moral high ground etc. is interesting. I do not condone extreme views but we have to accept they exist.
This won’t come as a surprise to anyone who knows me, but I have never been a fan of Tony Blair, or David Cameron. What they did to UK politics though was quite clever (as an overview). Tony Blair realised that to hold left wing views would not appeal to a large swathe of the British public, so realigned New Labour towards the centre, thus gaining more support and ousting the Tory encumbents. David Cameron, with the help of Nick Clegg, did much the same with the Torys. Both had and have their critics within their party’s. Labour faithful wanted to move back to the left and Tory right demanded they be heard.
Whether you agree with the Coalition, or not, what it did do was pin the Torys down to not lurching to the right during that Government, much to the consternation of many. If you don’t believe me look at where they are headed now.
What has now happened is that their legacies (Cameron’s still being in the death throws) have caused an implosion in British politics. It has effectively hit the centre and rebounded out to the extremes. Labour has under Jeremy Corbyn shifted back towards the left where the majority of unions and supporters feel more comfortable and the Torys with a little help from UKIP appear to have given in to the Right wing of their party.
I make no comment on what those views could lead to, but it shouldn’t take you long with Google to find out (if you don’t already know).
As a Libdem (you knew it was coming) I am comfortable in my just left of centre ground, we are consistent, sometimes for the wrong reasons some would say, and although the party is a broad church our views don’t waiver, you know what you get, we champion equality for all, people’s rights etc. I know that we have a long way to go to challenge one of the two, but now is the time for us to show that we are the party that hasn’t been affected by the implosion of the others, time for us to stand near the centre and offer the alternative to the left wing right wing politics that the UK is moving towards, time for #libdemfightback
So which definition of implosion applies: to collapse, explode inwards, or fail miserably? Arguably all three!
I guess there will be trouble ahead, but myself and fellow LibDem’s will be there when you want us, as usual (or you could of course join us, if you haven’t already…)