Theresa May pays the price for reckless election decision
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 11, 2017,
Jun 11, 2017, 23:27
Downing St. chiefs of staff Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill, who departed Saturday, formed part of May's small inner circle and were blamed by many Conservatives for the party's lackluster campaign and unpopular election platform, which alienated older voters with its plan to take away a winter fuel allowance and make them pay more for long-term care. These issues are devolved, and if they were sorted in the UK Parliament they'd be free vote issues.
Thursday's result has also seen the decline of UKIP, the United Kingdom Independence Party, which had Britain leaving the European Union as its core platform.
The Conservative's position on Brexit has been essential for this election result, as it has been the only major party which has been consistent on the issue of leaving the European Union since the referendum. In terms of party leaders' approval ratings in Wales, his rose from 3.6 out of ten at the end of April, to 4.9 by the eve of polling, while May's fell by 1.1 from 4.9 to 3.8 in that time.
The Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, was a pro-terrorist, hard-line left-winger who supported foreign communist governments like Cuba and was in constant danger of being dumped by moderates within his own party.
EU's chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, tweeted early Friday that negotiations should start "when the United Kingdom is ready".
May's Conservatives will now likely seek to form a majority with the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), which succeeded in winning 10 seats in the election and now holds the balance of power in the UK's 650-seat parliament.
The Conservatives, or Tories, have two options: Assemble a coalition to gain a majority, or govern as a minority and risk their legislation getting voted down.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is now a distinct probability.
It is already being hailed as an historic political achievement, with Labour's 40 per cent share of the vote the party's highest since 2001 under Tony Blair.
"I can only build that better country and get the right deal in Brussels with the support of the British people", she said. "And I don't feel like the current prime minister or, indeed, the Tory party, has any idea about what to do with Brexit at the moment".
The 1998 Good Friday agreement set up power sharing in Northern Ireland, largely ending years of sectarian violence. That doesn't mean to say that I hate them.
He later told the BBC it was it was "pretty clear who has won this election". Based on that, it looks like Scotland won't be going anywhere soon.
In a short statement to reporters, Democratic Unionist Party leader Arlene Foster said: "we will enter discussions with the Conservatives to explore how it may be possible to bring stability to our nation at this time of great challenge". Support would need to be mustered for each parliamentary vote. The Tories' DUP allies will push for a softer deal on Northern Ireland's border with the Republic of Ireland while simultaneously quashing demands that Northern Ireland unite with Ireland, or receive some sort of special status with the EU.
The DUP was founded in the 1970s by the late firebrand preacher Ian Paisley, and in the 1980s was a key player in the "Save Ulster from Sodomy" campaign, which unsuccessfully fought against the legalization of gay sex.
Once again, voters succeeding in confounding expectations, delivering surprise victories and resounding losses. Theresa May has also been known for her regular gaffes: she congratulated Jeremy Corbyn on the birth of his grand-daughter (even though nothing of the sort had happened) or she claimed to be wants to "lead the world in the prevention of tourism".
He ended it with more than 30 extra seats and the UK's political system disrupted.
Angry youth was always going to be a wildcard in this election, and it might just have helped cause yet another upset in Britain.
"Clearly if she's got a worse result than two years ago and is nearly unable to form a government, then she, I doubt, will survive in the long term as Conservative Party leader", former Conservative Treasury chief George Osborne said on ITV.