As you will know by know the UK recently had a general election, and it did not quite go to plan.
The Reason For The Election
As there was not due an election until 2020, the election was called as a Snap Election, basically in a nutshell the election was called by the Prime Minister, Theresa May. She called the election basically for two reasons.
- Strengthen her position as Prime Minister, as she was not the elected leader of the Conservatives and therefore Prime Minister, she wanted to show strength for her position in winning a majority and showing she is rightfully the leader of both the Conservative and the UK.
- Strengthen the position of the UK during Brexit Talks, the other reason she wanted to hold an election was to increase the Conservatives majority and thus increase her hand at negotiating the best deal for the UK during brexit
So although there was some form of arrogance in calling an election, which actually backfired, the main reason was to help the UK.
So What Went Wrong
There are a couple of things that went wrong during the election, well apart from a many other things. I am going to concentrate on the main two areas.
Conservatives took winning for granted.
During the election the Conservatives did not do enough to win the election, taking for granted they will win a majority. For example I only received one election communication in the post, and even then it was actually addressed to both myself and my wife. What’s that about? If they had tried harder they would have won a larger majority. Rather than losing seats to Labour (which is just rubbish)
Voters are selfish
The one party that won more seats (but not actual votes) was the Labour party. They won more seats by throwing around promises they could never be able to keep, stuff like free university education, extra money for the NHS. All of which sound great, but were only ever pipe dreams as the Labour party did not know exactly how they would fund these promises.
So people (especially the young voters) voted for Labour, solely based on what they could get out of the election and without thinking of the consequences of their actions. Free university education now, a lifetime of higher tax later. As the Labour party said the will tax the top 5% of earners to pay for this, I bet most university students failed to realise is that if you earn over £70k per year (£65k under some other sources) then you are one of the top 5%, and as most graduates will end up earning this amount, means their so called free education is not really free.
Stronger Position for UK During Brexit Talks Not Anymore!
These people did not think of the reason for the election as being that the Prime Minister Theresa May wanted to strengthen her position in negotiating with the EU for the best deal for the UK following Brexit. Instead they bought into promises of free stuff, free stuff for themselves without thinking of what is best for the UK, not just for the current generation, their generation but future generations. Now the UK goes into talks with the EU from a position of weakness, rather than of power as it should be.
For that I would like to say thank you Labour and thank you Labour voters.
Although the Conservatives won the most seats in the election, they failed to win enough for a majority and did in fact lose the majority they had before the election was called. So Theresa May has to now try to not only form a minority government, but negotiate with the EU from a difficult position.