UK General Election 101

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Hello and hi. So, today is the BIG day here in the UK. Yes. Yes, it is. Maybe you are not familiar with the UK voting process, the various political parties, the wider implications for Britain and the world-in terms of, who wins the general election, et al. Luckily, I am here to help you. As always, you are welcome. Ok, let’s do this. Right, then. First, the basics…

UK General Election 2017 (recap)

So, basically-our current Prime Minister, Theresa May was not always our Prime Minister. In fact, she previously had a pretty important job, as Home Secretary and in her role she seemed competent and respected in equal measure. Please know that the aforementioned statement is a massive generalisation. Loads of people did not like her in the slightest.

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Anyway, our Theresa was Home Secretary and David Cameron was Prime Minister. Both of course, belonged to the Conservative Party (or the ‘nasty party’ as they are sometimes referred to). Anyway, David Cameron during his tenure as PM had this lightbulb moment/dumb idea that the country should vote in a referendum regarding whether or not the UK should LEAVE or REMAIN in the EU. Enter: BREXIT.

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I mean, no one was that bothered about it-sure, people were not that impressed with Brussels-nerve centre for the EU (or Brussel Sprouts for that matter) and people just wanted to get on with their daily lives, watch channel BBC news, watch EastEnders and drink tea as well as a pint of ale, three times weekly. That is what the people wanted. The people could not give a monkey’s about the bleedin’ referendum (to be said in a Yorkshire accent). Ok, please know I am painting this picture with broad strokes here-of course people cared about the referendum but guess what-a lot didn’t. And they either did not vote or tried to vote strategically-which of course backfired for them. Some people even wanted a 2nd referendum! What the what? No. Just, no.

So, the referendum happened and the UK voted to LEAVE the EU. The people had voted-but many did not understand fully what they were voting for and some didn’t vote at all. Then 3 minutes after the referendum results came out, David Cameron our PM resigned. Yup. You see, our Dave was in the REMAIN camp and he could not exactly be true to himself while leading the country towards BREXITING (when he thought and believed the opposite).

Then there was a vacancy. Enter Theresa May-who was Home Secretary at the time. And get this…she was NOT even elected by the people. Nope. Ain’t democracy grand? But here’s the thing, Theresa was in the REMAIN camp as well-but being PM was such a good offer, she could not turn it down. No, no she could not.

 

 

 

So Theresa became PM and had the dauntless task of BREXIT-ing. Poor lass. Then there were reports that there were Chinese rumors within her own Party-the Conservative Party/the ‘nasty’ party and Theresa desperately needed the support of the people (the people who did not vote for her). You see, she needed a proper mandate to lead-she needed a solid base of power, she needed to be elected by the people in order to lead of us out of the EU-in order to BREXIT. Enter the UK general election. Then our Theresa out of nowhere called a snap general election-but she said 11 times that she would not. But she did. Guess what? Politicians lie. Yes. Yes they do.

UK General Election Summary

Today, 8 June 2017 the UK election is taking place. Voting will take place from 7am to 10pm. 46.9 million people are registered to vote. It will be interesting to see how many people actually get out and cast their ballot. First results are expected from 23:00. In brief, the general election will decide which party (or maybe which coalition of parties-oh please, God, no…just, no) forms the next UK government. There are 650 seats in the UK Parliament’s House of Commons up for grabs.

Parties

Conservative, Labour, SNP, Liberal Democrat, Democratic Unionist Party, Sinn Fein, Plaid Cymru, SDLP, Ulster Unionist Party, UKIP, Green, Alliance Party.

Bet you did not know all of that! But if you want to know more about the aforementioned parties and a manifesto guide in terms of where they stand, you can do that here. You are welcome!

 

But really now, this election boils down to a contest between the Conservative Party and the Labour Party. And that, to many people, is not much of a choice. I mean, I am making massive generalisations here…so, thanks for understanding and any nasty comments will be reported to the Queen. Totally joking. I have never met the Queen…but I have met Prince Philip. Allegedly.

So, in conclusion…that is all she wrote. Watch this space for election results. Yup.

Cheers