Scottish voters save the Conservatives from complete General Election disaster

Jeremy Corbyn looking happy after voting

BY this morning it was obvious that no UK political party would be able to form a majority government although Conservatives have the most MPs.

Mrs May’s decision to call a snap election in order to strengthen her hand in Brexit negotiations has, for her, gone horribly wrong and has already led to calls for her resignation.

The only piece of good news for the Tories was the fact that they did well in Scotland, gaining 12 new seats and it is thanks to these gains that a bad election result had not turned into a total disaster.

Despite the fact that Jeremy Corbyn had been pilloried in the media since taking over the leadership of the Labour party, the result seems to have justified his appointment and it is possible that his appeal to younger voters may have helped the party to gain at least 21 seats.

UKIP disappeared from sight with a massive reduction in votes and the LibDems gained four seats although former leader Nick Clegg lost his.

The big losers were the SNP who even saw the demise of Alex Salmond and the pound which took an immediate hit, dropping to €1.135.

The future appears to be more rather than less confused as there could be a new prime minister in a hung parliament with a second election likely.

Add to this the fact that Brexit talks are supposed to recommence in less than two weeks, with a government that will probably be in turmoil as Hard and Soft supporters vie for control, so to paraphrase the words of the Chinese proverb “we live in interesting times.”

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    • Brian Eagleson

      10 June 2017 • 10:35

      Great Scot! That clever Ruth Davidson has saved Theresa May’s bacon by delivering 13 Scottish Tory MPs! A lucky number for her and 12 more than before, undoubtedly keeping the keys to No. 10 in Theresa’s handbag – for the moment. Her huge losses to Labour in England would have made her position completely untenable without those additional Scottish MPs. Who would have thought Scotland would save a Tory government? Life is full of surprises these days.

      With the SNP still the third largest party in Westminster, the DUP in a government coalition, and all those Scottish Tory MPs in government, Scotland and Northern Ireland now have more power over the Brexit negotiations than ever before. How ironic, considering the PM previously ignored both countries completely! It’s worth remembering both those countries voted to stay IN the EU. A second EU referendum is now much more likely. Some MPs are even saying Stormont has just imposed Direct Rule on Westminster! It’s usually the other way round. Talk about a Coalition of Chaos!

      The Irish border will dominate the talks at last. Seriously, how can a UK which has left the EU continue to have an open border with it in Ireland? I’ve said before I wouldn’t want to be in Theresa May’s shoes. That’s even more true now. Boy, those high heels must be killers! And she’s bound to lose the keys to No. 10 sooner rather than later.


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