British Prime Minister Theresa May finally announced her resignation Friday, which was met with the social media hashtag #Trexit and pubs erupting in cheers with enthusiasm equivalent to their favorite sports team having just won a championship.
In her resignation speech, PM May said, “So I am today announcing that I will resign as leader of the Conservative and Unionist Party on Friday 7 June so that a successor can be chosen. I have agreed with the Party Chairman and with the Chairman of the 1922 Committee that the process for electing a new leader should begin in the following week. I have kept Her Majesty the Queen fully informed of my intentions, and I will continue to serve as her Prime Minister until the process has concluded.”
The UK is participating in European Parliament elections this weekend, the government having failed to deliver Brexit. Nationalist parties are projected to capture a minimum of 30 percent of European Parliament seats in elections across the European Union member countries between May 23 to 26. The UK’s new Brexit Party is among those posing a significant threat to the traditional political parties. In response, the far-left has raised their level of belligerence.
On Thursday, a 20-something man assaulted an 81-year-old widower, pensioner, and former paratrooper who was sitting outside the Aldershot, Hampshire polling station wearing a Brexit Party pin. As Don MacNaughton recounts, “Somebody came across the street to the polling station and he gave me the finger. He then started giving me verbal abuse and ran off. I didn't hear the abuse because I was laughing at him. Ten minutes later he came back with a milkshake, and he threw it over me. I again just curled up laughing, I didn't mind because it was my favourite flavour. If he had an argument with me, I would have been more than happy to debate with him, but instead he chose to assault me. The silly man hasn't put me off campaigning, heck no. He has cemented the iron will, I'm going to keep fighting on."
The attack mimics that against Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage earlier in the week, when Jeremy Corbyn fan Paul Crowther, who is employed by the UK’s Sky News, threw a milkshake on Mr. Farage in front of jeering bystanders. Burger King suggestively tweeted that they would be selling milkshakes “all weekend” when Mr. Farage was in town campaigning. In 2002, Dutch politician Pim Fortuyn was shot and killed nine days before the general election – an escalation from an attack two months prior when a protestor threw cake at him.
The police are investigating the attack against Mr. MacNaughton but not against Mr. Farage, in another recent example of British police failing to protect the safety and democratic rights of conservative politicians and allowing far-left and Muslim protestors to threaten and harm both the politicians and civilians. Last week, Muslim gangs overran residential streets where Tommy Robinson was campaigning, throwing bricks and other objects, some of which hit children, as police watched on.