POLITICS

Britain’s Conservative Party Is Collapsing In Real-Time

And I, as someone who’s lived in Britain for the majority of their 14 years in power, say it’s about time

Sikander Hayat Khan
Rome Magazine
Published in
6 min readMay 26, 2024

--

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak (left) / Photo by Arlington National Cemetary on Flickr / Public domain

How do you describe a collapse so fantastic? The journey of Britain’s so-called “party of government” from decades upon decades of majority support to now; a time where — forget winning the general election — their own prime minister could lose his seat in parliament?

It’s the inevitable end to a party’s nigh-on decade-and-a-half-long reign — a reign that was defined by deliberate untruths, anti-immigration policies, and austerity. A reign that oversaw the gradual erosion of the NHS, the “othering” of foreigners becoming politically viable, and the democratization of pain and suffering; made available to all people, regardless of color, creed, or religion.

This is the party that convinced 17 million voters Brexit was a good idea — that it was going to bring them freedom, sovereignty, and prosperity. They, of course, didn’t tell them British households would lose $1.5 trillion in wealth, the economy would lose £100 billion a year, or that food shortages would become a thing. More to the point, the Tories would end up making “fear of the other” a legitimate way for those on the Right to…

--

--

Sikander Hayat Khan
Rome Magazine

Essays on U.S. politics and the Middle East. Law and politics grad. Masters in Law. Published in The Friday Times.