Just What Is Going On In British politics?
As a young centrist, the outcome of this week’s election could not have gone better. It is just left to hope now that the collateral damage is not too great.
Around 6 weeks ago, PM Theresa May called an early general election. She did so with confidence, facing weak opposition and a strong backing in her party.
Her aim was to increase her mandate with the public, and she looked set to do so.
As campaign season began, however, cracks in her premiership and public appeal began to show. May’s campaign was uninspiring, dislocated and contained questionable policies on social care.
Perhaps most controversially, she refused to debate any other party leader throughout the campaign.
In reality, her pitch was perhaps the worst in recent memory. She offered nothing to young globalists except hostility with Europe and a tight bond with the Trump Administration. Her social care policy also alienated older voters, though they may have been enticed by her rhetoric on Brexit.
Contrast this with the left-wing populist campaign led by her opposition, and the result was inevitable. Jeremy Corbyn, once seen as the man incapable to lead his own party, ran a campaign of opportunity, albeit an idealist one.
In the final 8 polls on the day before the election, May was on course for a majority of over 100.
This means she pretty much would have won a further 90+ seats for her party. Her vision of a hard Brexit would be solidified, the NHS would be hers to strangle and her reign set for at least another 5 years.
At around 10pm on the day of the election, the first exit poll forecast came through.
She had won the most votes and seats in parliament. But she had lost her majority and could no longer go on to serve as PM unless another party backed hers.
For this, the only real contenders were the Northern Irish DUP. A Unionist party whose alliance threatens the peace in Ireland and presents a backdrop of anti-LGBT views and antiabortion laws.
May’s own little ‘coalition of chaos’ will not last. Her time as PM will be short and she deserves nothing less after such an abysmal campaign.
May has managed to cling onto power by the skin of her teeth. Her freedom to manoeuvre however, is non existent. Her Brexit vision has been punctured by a 70% turnout of young voters.
This election has offered young centrists quite the boost. Theresa May – in relative terms – lost the election, and Communist Corbyn didn’t win. It will now be time for a centre-ground party to build themselves up.