British PM Theresa May Wins Historic Electoral College Blowout, Here Have A Map!
Thank god we have a timely cultural reference point!
British Prime Minister Theresa May and her Conservative Party had hoped yesterday's election would be a feather in their cap, but instead it ended up being a big black eye, with the Tories (who are also the Conservatives) losing their majority in the House of Commons and barely holding on to power; they'll have to form a coalition government with a small rightwing party in Northern Ireland, the Democratic Unionist Party. That's "unionist" as in continuing union between Northern Ireland and England, not as in trade unionist, which wouldn't really be their bag, man.
Oh, yes, and also, May managed to hold on to her own seat in Parliament despite a challenge from joke candidate "Lord Buckethead," who wears a bucket on his head, reasonably enough. He was very pleased with his vote total:
Yr Wonkette knows everyone's all excited about Buckethead, but we would rather do an explainer of what happens now than jump on the TEE HEE LOOK A PRANK CANDIDATE bandwagon. Yes, really. (Snrk...Buckethead!) Because here's the thing: May called the election back in May with the hope of increasing the Conservative majority in Parliament before starting negotiations for Britain's exit from the European Union. Instead, they lost a bunch of seats to Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Party, which made its opposition to Brexit a focus of the campaign, and we'd like to think benefited from one of the best campaign ads we've seen in a while:
Brutal response ? (wait for it)— Momentum (@PeoplesMomentum) June 2, 2017
Labour picked up 30 seats, leaving the Tories eight seats short of a majority, and reflecting what looks like a continued case of buyer's remorse from last year's Brexit vote. Another big loser in the election was the UK Independence Party, which started the whole Brexit mess: They lost their only seat in Parliament and their leader, Paul Nuttall, resigned. After the election results, Corbyn called on May to resign herself, because losing when you called an election to expand your lead is not exactly a great formula for success:
“The prime minister called the election because she wanted a mandate,” Corbyn said in an early morning speech after winning reelection to his north London district. “Well, the mandate she’s got is lost Conservative seats, lost votes, lost support and lost confidence. I would have thought that is enough for her to go, actually.”
May is going to stay on, and gave a speech insisting that with the most seats, the Conservatives
had won an Electoral College landslide were the best choice to ensure "stability" going into Brexit negotiations, even though they took a whuppin' at the polls.
To complicate matters, the coalition with the Democratic Unionist Party, which gives the Conservatives just enough of a majority to govern, may not make for an easy time with Brexit -- while the DUP had supported "Leave" in the Brexit vote, Northern Ireland as a whole voted to stay in the EU, and the DUP has since been moving toward supporting the least disruptive Brexit possible, while May wants to get the UK out of Europe quickly. May's tough talk after the recent terrorist attacks in London and Manchester didn't give her the kind of electoral bounce she'd been hoping for, either.
So now Britain heads toward a breakup with Europe that a lot of people are rethinking, with a Conservative leader who may not actually be able to stay the head of her own party, a coalition partner that may not really be on the same page with May on how the divorce should go, and an agenda that could lead to worldwide economic chaos, who knows. So, you know, a mandate.
Thank goodness Donald Trump is still planning to visit in October, so Britons everywhere can come together and throw rotten fruit.
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[WaPo / Telegraph / NYT / WaPo / PeoplesMomentum on Twitter]
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