On the Conservative Victory, Ron Olden
All Governments have legitimacy if they can pass a Queen’s Speech and survive votes of confidence.
In any case, ‘dealing’ with Europeans is somewhat old hat. We are leaving the EU at the end on March 2019 and the least ‘dealing’ the better. If someone has voted Leave in the hope of getting a favourable (or indeed any) deal they have been sadly misguided.
We don’t need to suspend democracy, and have all ‘party governments in order to negotiate Trade deals. If deals are mutually beneficial they will come.
I don’t think the ‘coalition of chaos’ party leaders actually grasp the meaning of the term ‘democracy’ either.
The Tories have just won a General Election with the biggest share of the popular vote for any party in the past 20 years, and the highest number of actual votes for 25 years.
Labour lost its third consecutive election, winning only 4 seats more than it won in the first of those defeats in 2010, and received 800,000 fewer votes this time than the Tories.
The Tories won 318 seats, whereas the five parties of the ‘coalition of chaos’ between them, won 313 (Sinn Fein don’t become ‘Members’ of Parliament).
Labour, won 56 fewer seats than the Tories, the SNP lost 21 seats, the Greens, won only 1 seat and lost 55% of the votes it got two years ago, Plaid Cymru recorded its’ lowest share of the vote for 20 years, and the Lib Dems received their lowest share of the vote in history winning only 12 seats, and losing all their seats in Wales.
The ‘coalition of chaos’ however claim they’ve all ‘won’.
In any case these five parties have already said that they won’t form coalitions with one another. even if they had enough seats, which seeing they all stood against each other in the General Election isn’t surprising.
This all leaves the only possible deal which can achieve a majority as the one between the DUP and the Tories. who between them, now have majority of 15, easily sufficient to see them through the five year Parliament.
The ‘coalition of chaos”s response? ”We don’t agree and the Tories should resign”. Which one of them would then govern the country isn’t clear. I assume they mean Labour, but Labour has 126 seats fewer than the other parties, and 56 fewer seats than the Tories.
Labour even says it’s actually going to form a ‘minority government’!! How it proposes to do that is anyone’s guess because Mrs May is Prime Minister, and along with her partners the DUP, has an overall majority!!
Meanwhile in Scotland Nicola Sturgeon’s SNP, received 38% of the vote compared with Mrs May’s UK wide 42.5% . Nicola however claims she has ‘won’ the election in Scotland, and Mrs May has ‘lost’ the UK wide one.
Nicola is also governing Scotland with a smaller share of the popular vote in the 2016 Holyrood Election (where her vote plummeted from the previous one), than Mrs May received UK wide this time. Nicola however claims she is entitled to govern Scotland, yet despite her party’s vote having risen by 5.5%, Mrs May isn’t.
In Wales Labour’s Carwyn Jones is doing the same thing in the Senedd, with an even lower share of the vote than Nicola, but with the help of the Lib Dems. He however, manages to do so, without having a majority of the Assembly Members in tow, even when you take the Lib Dem into account.
Carwyn however accuses Mrs May of ‘clinging on’ by governing with the acquiescence of the DUP.
Labour saw no difficulty in trying to cling on to power at Westminster in 2010, despite having lost nearly a hundred of its seats, and falling 50 seats behind the Tories.
The Tories and the DUP at least have the advantage of not having stood against each other in the election.
Finally we voted in a Referendum to Leave the EU and, in a Scottish Referendum for Scotland to stay in the UK. Four of the parties of the ‘coalition’ of chaos’ want to ignore the EU result completely, and one the SNP, wants to ignore the Scottish one as well.
You couldn’t make it up!!!!! No wonder they all lost.
We now have a Tory Government dependent on the DUP in power for the next five years, the ‘Hardest’ Brexit possible to look forward to, and the end of any hopes of Scottish Independence for decades.
Well done the ‘coalition of chaos’.
If anyone’s not satisfied about the DUP getting on the act, don’t blame me I voted Conservative, Instead of going around voting for each other’s parties at random, they should have done the same.
In fact,. if the Lib Dems really are concerned about DUP involvement (in truth however they are lying as usual) all they have to do is promise the Tories the same deal the DUP have done/ leaving. Given that they managed to vote with the Tories between 2010 and 2015 they should be able to manage that.
But perhaps not this time. No Ministerial cars on offer you see.