Friday, June 9, 2017

Preliminary Thoughts on the UK Special Election: Tories Must Go Right, or Get Left for Good

In May, UK Prime Minister Theresa May called a snap election to shake off the Labour Party and ensure a smoother, quicker transition for the United Kingdom out of the European Union. The Labour Party and the more liberal, statist House of Lords were determined to throw as many roadblocks in the way of enforcement as possible.

The election did not turn out the way that the Tories had intended.

May's party lost seats in the Parliament, even though they won the most seats.

Jeremy "Anti-Semite" Corbin was claiming a huge victory. They won 30 seats while the Tories lost about 13.

The biggest loser? The Scottish Nationalist Party, which lost more seats than the Tories.

Arrogant Corbyn has called for Theresa May to resign as prime minister.

She won't.

But she does not have the 326 majority needed.

Here are the results as of now:

One constituency has yet to be called--Kensington. I predict that the Conservatives will hold that seat, since a Tory represented that seat at the time of the snap election.

So, that leaves the Tories with 319--six seats shy of a majority.

Talks have emerged between the Democratic Unionist Party, based in Northern Ireland.

Here is a victory speech of sorts from the DUP leader:

This election gave the DUP their strongest showing. 10 seats is not a lot for a small party, perhaps, but parliamentary politics permits this kind of show of power for smaller parties. Coalition governments permit smaller parties to flex more muscle, too.

Another response to this election:

The consensus among the voters is for a United Kingdom. The Scottish Nationalists got decimated, and look to descend into further irrelevance. Nick Clegg, the deputy Prime Minister under Cameron following the 2010 election, lost his seat, even though the Lib-Dem Paty gained a few seats. The Green Party won one seat.

While the media went on about how the Tories got crushed another story remains untold.

The DUP is a Catholic and conservative party. They are pro-life and pro-natural marriage. They worked very hard to block passage of gay marriage and abortion laws in parliament.

This is great news for plenary conservatives. In her above statement, DUP Leader Arlene Foster pointed out their commitment to Brexit, as discussions move forward to negotiate the clearest and cleanest departure from the EU.


  1. Corrections to your story
    1. Unfortunately, Labour just eked out a win in Kensington.
    2. DUP are a Protestant party, not Catholic. They believe in loyalty to the UK instead of regular Ireland. The founder, Ian Paisley, thought the Catholic Church was in league with Satan.

    1. Thanks for these tips. Great points. I think this snap election is a warning to the Tories to hold to their values -- or else!

    2. Similar thing happened here in Nevada last year, due to Never Trump Republicans and our tax hiking Governor. You probably know the story.