The 2017 general election result is yet another to be added to the long list of unexpected political shocks in the last year or so. It was thought that this general election would finally settle the Brexit debate with a large majority of the country expected to endorse Theresa May’s ‘strong and stable’, hard-line Brexit government. Instead, we awoke to a hung parliament, with the Conservative party having massively underperformed in the election and Labour having exceeded all expectations. In the unlikely event that you have managed to avoid the political turmoil of the last few days, here is the fallout from Britain’s general election so far.
Thanks to UK’s fundamentally flawed voting system of FPTP and sheer desperation, Theresa May has signed a deal with the devi-DUP in order to form a majority government. DUP have been one of the main parliamentary parties in Northern Ireland since The Troubles, but are virtually unknown in Great Britain. Here, we have a look at some of the most recent scandals that the unionist party has somehow survived.
It’s that time of the month again – another election. They are becoming as frequent as a rainy Glasgow day, yet each time it’s important you are able to make an informed choice. Each party – from those already in Westminster to the Monster Raving Loony Party – releases a manifesto detailing what they’ll do should your precious vote spur that party to power. Many Glasgow University students live within the Glasgow North constituency and, here, qmunicate has summed up the five contesting parties’ manifestos, on the issues we think matter the most to students and young people.
Although all issues a government makes effect us in some way, we’ve chosen to narrow this down to the four Es: Europe, Education, Employment, Equality. Oh, and healthcare, too.
Wednesday’s debate was the largest of this election, with all seven major parties involved. The usual suspects were there – Liberal Democrats’ Tim Farron; Green party co-leader Caroline Lucas; Plaid Cymru’s Leanne Wood; UKIP’s Paul Nuttall, deputy SNP leader Angus Robertson; and Jeremy Corbyn for Labour, who announced his attendance on the day. Home Secretary Amber Rudd appeared for the Conservatives in lieu of May, who claimed that she is preoccupied ‘thinking about Brexit negotiations.’ Refusing to participate in debates for an election that she herself called exemplifies May’s belief that the public blindly trust her ‘strong and stable’ rhetoric – and that they will hand her a mandate for austerity, growing inequality, and a hard Brexit.
Amidst the grim news of snap elections and Trump’s increasingly backwards presidency, some positive statistics about our (adopted) home city of Glasgow have appeared in the news.
[Trigger warning: abuse, violence, drugs, rape]
I’m sitting here, writing, less than forty-eight hours later. I am accidentally writing this because on a personal level I needed a way to get everything out, and because inevitably people will have a morbid curiosity for what it was like to be there. So here I am, fulfilling both.