General Election 2017: What was that?

It was just after the May 2015, and 13-year-old went to his friends ‘We can all vote in the next general election’ – Oh, how I was wrong.

How did it happen?

Theresa May became prime minister in July 2016, and her position was as usual hotly debated because there wasn’t another general election to put her in her position. 1 She called the snap election on April 19th, after it being ratified by the House of Commons with a vote of 522-13. (They needed a 2/3 majority – or a supermajority) It is believed she called this to one, affirm her place as prime minister, particularly after the ‘undemocratic’ election of position. But secondly, because she planned to deliver the ‘Brexit letter’ a few days after the polling day. When she called the election, opinion polls swung in her favour – but this all changes as the election campaign continues.

What happened?

It all happened very quickly. The opinion pollers went outside, the voting computers were fired up, and everyone got sick off ‘This is a party election broadcast from’ after every episode of Eastenders. The expected TV debates looked like they were off to a rocky start when some party leaders refused to appear with some other leaders in articular, and some refusing to appear at all with others.

Polling day soon arrived, and the media were in a bit of a frenzy. For the first time, ITV, BBC, and Sky News, would be working together to publish the same exit poll – an indication to what analysts think the result may be, based upon survey data taken throughout the day. This is how they looked (followed by the actual result):

  • CON 314 (318)
  • LAB 266 (262)
  • SNP 34 (35)
  • LD 14 (12)
  • PC 3 (4)
  • GRN 1 (1)
  • UKIP 0 (0)
  • OTH 18 (18)
  • DUP N/A (10 incl. in OTH)

With a sharp intake of breath, the whole of the UK exclaimed: ‘Coalition’

Analysis

The question really is, who won? For a majority of parties it was the same old result as just 2 years ago. If you’re quick to the mark you’ll say the tories won because they were the biggest party and the government (with the help of the DUP) – but Labour gained 30 seats. That is massive for just 2 years. What caused it? The answer has never been more unclear. It seems with all the promises to students and young professionals, it made the Labour Party extremely attractive. But were the tories the biggest loser? After all SNP lost 21 seats and a majority of them going to labour. But tories lost the government, the biggest prize of all. They’ve now had to go into coalition with a party not many people had heard of, and now many people fear. Will this term last 5 years? I doubt it – but it’ll be a nice surprise not having to go through all those party election broadcasts.

  1. http://politics.aidanbeaumont.com/archives/2017/08/31 ↩︎
 

Aidan