The votes from the June 2017 General Election have been counted, and counted and recounted; the Tories have clung on to power while the Labour party surprised the nation.
It caused Channel 4 journalist Jon Snow to admit that the media know nothing. They got it spectacularly wrong.
The mainstream media showed a lot of support for the Conservative party in this election campaign. The Sun, Piers Morgan and Sky News, were all scandalous in their commentary and coverage, particularly of Hackney North and Stoke Newington MP Diane Abbott.
After it had been discovered that media coverage was biased against Jeremy Corbyn across the board, the press turned their scopes to Diane Abbott. The Cambridge-educated Shadow Home Secretary was constantly used by the media as a scapegoat. She was frequently ridiculed live on TV for not remembering figures from various government reports, off the top of her head. Often, these were reports that were published several months to several years ago. Meanwhile Tory MPs such as Surrey Heath’s Michael Gove and Hastings and Rye’s Amber Rudd were given a free pass when caught doing the same.
Even after the election, The Sun tried to assert that Abbott had just “managed” to hold her seat; yes, “managed” with a 35,000 voter majority. It’s clear that Hackney loves Diane Abbott, the daughter of a Jamaican welder. Home Secretary Amber Rudd,on the other hand, won the Hastings seat with a 300 voter majority in exceptionally dubious circumstances.
Labour had been criticised for its (fully costed) manifesto being unrealistic. However, this manifesto was then endorsed by 130 economists, and it was revealed that Corbyn’s campaign was funded by small donations with an average of £22 per donation by members of the public that were willing to donate a little to see change in society, rather than wealthy corporate stockholders seeking to control it. It also came to surface that Amber Rudd, the daughter of a stockbroker, demonstrated that she didn’t inherit a head for figures, and was involved in a string of firms that went bust with debts totalling millions of pounds.
Amber Rudd was also accused of “shutting down” a speech by an election rival in her constituency who criticised the UK’s arms sales to Saudi Arabia at an election hustings. Critics began to admit that she is not up to the job and her popularity was in decline, so much so that she lost her seat as MP in Hastings and Rye – and her position as Home Secretary.
Exit polls suggested Amber Rudd was in danger of losing her seat as MP for Hastings and Rye. Early indications were that she did so, losing by 300 votes. That was before, sobbing her eyes out, she demanded a recount. Her request was granted — some commenters have suggested that two recounts took place — and as if by magic, eventually. there appeared to be 300 more votes for Rudd than her rival, Labour’s Peter Chowney. This decision was accepted, although the public do not appear to be too happy about it.
Rudd’s recounts were not the only time Conservative leadership was called into question in this election. Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has called for Prime Minister Theresa May to resign.
“Theresa May promised strong and stable leadership, she has brought weakness and uncertainty,” he said. “If she has an ounce of respect, she will resign.”
Jeremy Corbyn also pointed out to BBC‘s Andrew Marr that Theresa May is always asking the public to vote for her and not her party, adding that he intends to continue leading the Labour party for the long-term.
Theresa May appears to be in above her head as Prime Minister. As previously mentioned on this blog, she came to Slough on the day before the general election — a vital time in her campaign — in an attempt to win over voters in this illustrious borough. However, the people of Slough were not impressed at all by the Tory leader and went on to vote for Labour with a 10,000 voter increase and a 63 per cent majority.
As a result of the hung parliament, the Conservative party negotiated a coalition with Democratic Unionist Party. Who? The DUP.
Most of us went straight to Google to find out about our new overlords, and what we found shocked many of us.
Even the tabloid newspapers are not in support of this particular “Coalition of Chaos”. As The Mirror explains: “The DUP want ‘soft’ Brexit but are climate change deniers whose ‘sexist’ leader Arlene Foster heads a party founded by paramilitary supporters which dislikes women’s rights and are anti-abortion.”
If Theresa May had actually campaigned alongside the DUP, I don’t think the Tories would have won this election. Taking a comfortable Conservative position and turning it into a hung parliament – is this what “strong and stable” leadership looks like?