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Rishi Sunak sees an opportunity for his party.

Rishi Sunak sees an opportunity for his party.
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Prime Minister Rishi Sunak unexpectedly announced that the United Kingdom will hold elections on July 4. The Conservative Party’s incumbent government was not required to call an election until January 2025. However, polls have consistently predicted a loss of over 20% in the next election, a scenario that is typically only seen in extreme circumstances during midterm elections. Mr. Sunak and his team may have capitalised on the recent report that the UK’s inflation rate has plummeted to 2.3%, the lowest level in three years. Mr. Sunak’s cabinet’s success in stabilising the economy post-COVID-19, as well as a legal victory securing the government’s plans to send some asylum seekers to Rwanda for processing, may have contributed to this outcome.

Polls indicate voter dissatisfaction with the Conservative Party’s 14-year rule. However, Mr. Sunak’s observation that the world is “more dangerous than it has been at any point since the end of the Cold War” is valid. The outcome of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine could impact Europe and the UK’s security paradigm, raising concerns about both territorial sovereignty and energy security, potentially impacting economic stability.

The turmoil in West Asia, particularly the humanitarian crisis in Gaza and the prospect of war in Iran, will have far-reaching consequences for the area and the United Kingdom. Despite the Rwanda plan’s legislative approval, it remains unclear whether the Sunak administration has made a significant impact on small boat crossings.

Government records show that while boat crossings decreased by 33% in 2022 and 2023, they are now at a “record high” in 2024, with over 9,800 persons crossing the UK border between January 1 and May 21. In this context, his assertion that the Labour Party would want people to think “this election is over before it’s even begun” would not be wrong. However, he and his colleagues should question where the opposition’s confidence in this comes from.

ABHISHEK VERMA

 


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