Tuesday, 18 April 2017
Surprise - Election!
Abandoning the post I was writing (don't worry, it'll appear soon enough) I shamelessly leap onto a topic that is currently trending on Twitter.
The UK Prime Minister, Theresa May, has stated her intention to hold a general election in early June, in an effort to increase her parties majority as they start the Brexit negotiations. I've always made an effort to be non-political in this blog and to not favour any particular party, so I'm certainly not going to comment on who should get your (or my) vote.
But it's excellent timing. May has suffered from the accusation of being made prime minister without the public voting for her. The main opposition party, Labour, appear to be in disarray. The Liberal Democrats have not recovered from their time as the Conservatives junior partner in government. Reasons for voting UKIP are fading as their main drive - to leave the EU - is already being delivered by the Conservatives. And the SNP are as big a force in Westminster as they can ever hope to be, the best they can manage is to maintain their current numbers.
That said, it's still going to be eight busy weeks until the election (assuming that the House of Commons votes for the early election). Jeremy Corbyn seems to garner a significant amount of support from segments of the public, at odds with much of the Labour MPs at Westminster. And this is a significant U-turn from May, away from her past statements that there wouldn't be an election until 2020.
Nevertheless, the latest polls indicate a huge swathe of Labour seats potentially changing hands and going to the Conservative party in June, giving May the majority she wants to have the freedom to push hard on Brexit.
All of which brings me to thinking that it's a good time to mention this blog post about 5 things you might not know about working at polling stations, and this video about news on polling day :)