Yesm there is an election. May wants a larger majority so that she can get through all of her reforms without any hitch - right now there are too many Tory MPs that don't share the same vision that May and her three brexiteers do. Too many will vote down exteme measures for her to be sure, but she can't deselect them in the next two years, so just needs a majority large enough for them not to be an issue. Perhaps it might make her have a bit more leverage in Europe. Say she does get elected with 44% of the vote, she goes from being an unelected figure who has no evidence that she speaks on behalf of a nation, to one of the most backed leaders in Western Europe. In my mind at least, it would be a better position for her to be in. Especially as most of Europe hates her.
Anyway, personally: ****. This election could be cataclysmic demolition for Labour. Right now they lag 20% behind in polls and Corbyn is ridicously unpopular, while May still somehow has a postive approval rating.
The only way that Labour can win at this point isn't convincing over 15% of the populace to vote for their policies, but to destory May's repuation. The Tories are experts at doing this. In 2015, they won because they made Miliband so very disliked (he didn't help himself there, granted). In 1992, they pulled off a surprising victory by insulting and slowly disintegrating Kinnock's character. 1983, 1970, 1951 - all noticeable other examples.
They need to launch a full scale relentless smear campaign. Attack her, her past, her husband's (secretive and slightly dodgy) career, her frontbench and their pasts. When the Conservatives do this, they have the use of most the tabloids and other newspapers. Labour does not have this luxury, but the rise of social media can only help them in this regard. Theresa May, despite being a firm believer in the 'nothing to hide, nothing to fear' doctrine, has often spoken about her unwillingness to release her tax history. Amber Rudd worked for a company which specialised in offshore accounts, and like May, says that some things 'are better left private'. Not our emails, internet history or phone calls though - the government is allowed to look at those. She undoubtedly has multiple skeletons in her closet. Phillip Hammond is too desperately dull for anyone to care, but BoJo also has had troubles with tax returns in his past - iirc, the US had a few words to say to him about this. Liam Fox has been fired from Defence Secretary was fired for releasing top secret info to his friends. David Davis Davis David is worth investigating. Brexit will be key in this election, and Labour needs the electorate to ask themselves whether they really want this group of randomly assorted imbeciles to lead negotiations. Get Assange and Wikileaks on their side. That will do a world of good to them.
However, this information is difficult to obtain unless they actualy do manage to get Assange to hack some things for them, and even then there may be nothing there (excpet for Rudd, who I am certain about). I am unsure about May and BoJo (although I think May's husband has partaken in a few schemes, and I can't see BoJo being completely clean). So then what's needed? Show some passion for once! Corbyn is very uncharismatic. But luckily for him, May is even more uncharismatic and boring. The public just see her as a safe pair of hands, depsite never having achieved anything in her political career whatsoever (apart from becoming PM - I mean something that isn't immensely cynical and doesn't involve power, but policies and actions).
Take the 1:20 idea and run with it. Come up with a few more radical ideas that will suit this wave of anger in status quo politics. Have a clear stance on everything - taxes, NHS, economy, and most imprtantly, Brexit. A coherent strategy on Brexit can win the election.
I am not normally a fan of such macchiavellian measures. I do believe that it is easily possible to win an election with thought-out policies, a clear plan and some charisma and personality even if your policies are radical. However, Corbyn is a bit of a charisma-less joke, so extreme times call for extreme measures.