Friday, 09 June 2017 16:28

Election result leaves us in a right old pickle

Now there we have it. The election is over and my, oh my, are we really in the Branston Pickle now. Theresa May called the election, even though she already had a majority, in a bid to ‘strengthen her hand’ in the Brexit negotiations and go down the route of a hard Brexit. Well, it didn’t work.

In fact, she instead has lost seats, labour has gained seats and now we are facing the prospect of Brexit chaos as the country tries to get its head around what is going to happen now that we have a hung parliament. It really is no understatement to say that we are really up the creak.

It has to be said, hats off to Jeremy Corbyn (we never thought we’d say that) he has dragged himself up from the pits to engage with students and young people. Theresa May never really did that, in fact she didn’t target any demographic at all. She probably knew she wouldn’t get very far with students and young people as it is those people that want to see a socialist movement that gives everything to them on a plate, regardless of the mass borrowing that will be needed to fund the lavish spending; but neither did she engage with her core supporters either. She was absent from TV interviews, she didn’t take part in the debates where she could have gone head to head with Corbyn and slammed some of his policies and spending, and she wasn’t very strong door-knocking either. She has been weak since she called the election and people needed to see more of her to get her over the finishing line.

In all honesty, she’s put us in a ridiculous and impossible position. Of course, all Labour voters are ecstatic with the result and are behaving like they’ve won the election, but the truth of the matter is that we are being laughed by the rest of the EU who now think we have no clue what we are doing, and because of this, are rubbing their hands together with delight because there won’t really be a Brexit like we wanted. All political parties are going to want to take a much softer approach as nobody now is really in control.

No-one really knows what’s going to happen in the future. The Tories may have to look to the DUP to get the majority that they need but Corbyn and his cronies are also putting things in place and are having discussions about how they can go about forming a minority government, should anything collapse with May’s government.

On the plus side, the Scottish Nationalists had an abysmal night of it too. This is a positive because hardly anybody, not even many Scottish people themselves, wanted a second independence referendum – and because of last night this looks far less likely.  

It is anyone’s guess how things will be played out, and indeed turn out, but one thing is for certain, the next few months are going to be very difficult for everyone in the country. The uncertainty is going to worry many people and Brexit will most certainly not be the Brexit that many people envisaged when they voted to leave. 

All we can say is good luck everyone and we hope to see you on the other side!

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