Conservative Party loses majority, Corbyn shocks pundit class
After promising seven separate times that she wouldn’t call an early election, Theresa May looked at polls showing her 20% lead versus the Labour Party and decided to roll the dice to get an even bigger majority.
It didn’t work.
Early election projections of an historic Conservative majority faded through the campaign as Jeremy Corbyn – once thought by many pundits to be “destroying” the Labour Party – ran a much better campaign than many expected.
Meanwhile, Theresa May was seen as a weak and indecisive campaigner – reversing herself on the “dementia tax,” and sticking to robotic talking points under all circumstances.
And while many thought the horrific terror attacks that took place through the campaign would help May’s campaign by pushing voters in the direction of a more hard-line security agenda, the fact that May and her party oversaw 20,000 police job cuts eroded her advantage on that issue severely.
As a result, far from the big win Theresa May was expecting, voters delivered a humbling rebuke.
With final seat counts coming in, the Conservatives were projected to win about 318 seats, losing their majority. The Labour Party – which many pundits predicts faced decimation – instead won around 260 seats, an increase of around 30. (Some results are still to come in).
Corbyn’s relative success is not only a big loss for Theresa May, but it is also a huge embarrassment for the political elites, who have once again been exposed for their total lack of connection to the people they claim to represent.
While the Conservatives may retain a weak hold on power with the help of the Centre Right DUP (who won 10 seats), Theresa May now faces a reckoning.
In fact, there are already reports that May is “50/50 to resign.”
In what is a tremendously ironic result, Theresa May’s decision to call a snap election has plunged the United Kingdom into political chaos, after calling the election to deliver “Strong and Stable Government.”
It goes to show that democracy is always unpredictable, and regardless of how many schemes and plans the politicians make, the people will ultimately decide.