After 40 years of living in Yorkshire, I never thought I’d wake up one morning to news of the county turning blue – not just from the cold, but through a series of Labour strongholds falling to the Conservatives.
We are immediately surrounded by such constituencies including Wakefield, Don Valley, Rother Valley, Bassetlaw (North Nottinghamshire) and even Bolsover (Derbyshire), where incumbent Dennis Skinner has held the seat since 1970, when he won with a majority of some 20,000.
It’s certainly something of a political earthquake in northern England where people who have voted Labour for generations have shown their contempt for those who treated them as ignorant fools for wanting to leave the European Union.
Hopefully this resounding result for Boris Johnson will put an end to calls for a second referendum, though sadly the outcome does indicate a serious crack in the unity of the United Kingdom, with Scotland apparently determined to go solo and Northern Ireland looking increasingly vulnerable with less unionist MPs than before. Which makes it something of a bitter-sweet success for the Tories.
Having said that, the political map of England has certainly been radically redrawn. More than anything, perhaps, the poll has been a decisive vote against Jeremy Corbyn, for which we can surely thank God. How he has managed to stay leader of Her Majesty’s Opposition for four years beggars belief anyway. But at last it seemed that not only were traditional Labour voters fed up with dilly-dallying over Brexit, but most of the electorate finally got the message that he was a terrorist-supporting Jew-hater not to be trusted with high office.
For Britain’s Jewish community, it will no doubt be a profound relief to learn that they won’t feel the need to pack their bags in a hurry, and that they are still surrounded by Gentile friends who appreciate their contribution to our great country and will continue to protect them.
That’s good news for Britain too, as the mass Jewish exodus that had been predicted if Mr Corbyn became PM would have had serious negative implications for our economy, quite apart from the overall Marxist intentions of Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell.
Yet it’s taken quite a while for the truth about Corbynism to sink into the public mind. A retired teacher, with whom I spent the morning, had been helping a friend canvass for Conservative votes and was delighted by the results, yet still hardly aware of the anti-Semitic scandal that had embroiled Labour.
Meanwhile, I did my bit of electioneering in the barber’s chair yesterday where my hairdresser (who had not yet voted) asked me if it was true that Mr Corbyn was an IRA supporter.
All of which proves how important it is to speak out – and publish – the truth.
At the end of the day, God has answered the prayers of many Christians. And we praise him for his grace and mercy to an undeserving nation.
There will be many battles ahead. But if we keep trusting the Lord, and not the giants up against us, we will surely prevail. As David said to Goliath: “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.” (1 Sam 17.45)
Charles Gardner is author of Israel the Chosen, available from Amazon; Peace in Jerusalem, available from olivepresspublisher.com; and A Nation Reborn, available from Christian Publications International