Five days on from the UK General Election, and the corridors of power have been redolent with the question “What happens next?”. The UK voted to have…..er….no one in charge to be honest. The country is deeply divided between Prime Minister Theresa May and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.
The machinations going on by Mrs May have seen Northern Ireland party the DUP (Democratic Unionists Party) prop up a weakened and minority Conservative administration. Mrs May has spent the weekend apologising to those Conservative MP’s who lost their seats, while also seeing her two campaign managers leave their posts. It’s like seeing Laurel and Hardy walk out of a film. Coalition of chaos? Indeed….
And that’s all we’ve heard from the Conservatives during this campaign. “Strong and stable leadership….coalition of chaos under Jeremy Corbyn….” Those words are being rammed mercilessly back down Theresa May’s throat.
Another Tory MP, who shall remain clueless, sorry nameless, blamed the voters for the result. Oh those pesky voters! Goodness, just so we didn’t get the result we want, let’s blame the voters, along with the youngsters who voted for Corbyn. Let’s look for spurious reasons we didn’t get an overall majority rather than blaming the real reason, Mrs May.
The body language of both leaders at the weekend was noticeable. Mrs May was looking rather weary of the whole business, while Mr. Corbyn was relaxed and assured. But he didn’t win the election either, though he was pleased the Labour Party performed above expectations.
I was doing some predictions of where the voters might go from here. Conservative MPs in marginal seats have a slender majority that could be wiped out if the momentum Jeremy Corbyn has engendered, continues. Labour could be the largest party, but before the champagne corks start to pop, I predict yet another hung parliament. There won’t be enough seats won by Labour for an overall majority. Again, Mr. Corbyn, like Mrs May, would have to rely on the Nationalist parties to form a weak government. Not a good situation.
I was looking at the highlights of Prime Minister’s Questions last night. After one such colourful exchange between the two party leaders, Mrs May arrogantly and cheekily derided Mr. Corbyn for “being propped up by the Scottish National Party if he came to power”. Oh, how those words are being turned back on Mrs May. Propped up by a minority Northern Ireland party. Laugh? I would do if it wasn’t so serious.
The serious part about all this is that the country doesn’t know what to do. 42 per cent trust Mrs May to lead the country on, 40 per cent Mr. Corbyn. Meanwhile, the country’s problems continue. Nero fiddling while Rome burned. It’s a divided electorate. Town to town, county to county, region to region, people don’t know what the hell is going on, so they go straight down the middle. Can’t say I blame them to be honest. One thing I will say in conclusion is that Theresa May’s gamble of arrogantly disregarding the voters and wanting to increase the Commons majority has imploded. Big style. And also, Theresa May has a charisma bypass. That’s why the voters were put off. No personality, no substance, just repeating the same old rubbish about “strong and stable leadership” like an android.
And also, no rallying call to the voters. At least Jeremy Corbyn went round the country, trying to get people on his side. That worked, up to a point. It wasn’t that successful that Labour came to power. They didn’t. But the tide is turning. Next election, unless Corbyn does something very crass, could end up in a Labour hands. That is something Theresa May and the Conservative Party ought to be very worried about. But while Mrs May’s stubbornness continues, the momentum continues for Mr. Corbyn. There well may be the most spectacular political comeback. Who knows? Looking forward to the fun of another General Election.
Allen Brooks xx