The Fixed Term Parliament Act of course exists precisely to prevent this kind of opportunistic capitalising on a weak opposition. But that was passed waaay back in 2011, and who care about all that six-years-ago stuff?
The Leader of the Opposition can of course have his MPs vote against accepting May’s snap election, denying her the two-thirds majority she needs under the terms of the FTPA. So needless to say, The Spineless One is instead giving her exactly what she wants.
(Without Labour’s support the Conservatives would not get the 2/3 majority they need. They could still force a General Election, but to do so they would to pass a motion of no confidence in themselves — a humiliating move which would weaken the Conservatives’ position in the election, and which any self-respecting leader of the opposition would love to see. But not Corbyn, obviously.)
What next? Well, when the UK voted Leave, the USA upped the ante by voting in President Trump. I don’t see Trump taking such a catastrophically self-harming action lying down, and confidently expect to see him top it by declaring war on North Korea.
A quick reminder: one year ago today, David Cameron was Prime Minister, Britain was in the EU, Barack Obama was US President as Hillary Clinton looked certain to follow her. The USA was diplomatically on an even keel with Russia and with North Korea. Who can believe how quickly it’s all fallen apart?