Since we don’t live in England, why should we care what happens over there? I mean, MAGA™, and America First, right?
Well, sort of.
It looks like the Conservative Party, the Tories, the party of Margaret Thatcher, The Iron Lady, and Theresa May, who was to oversee Britains Exit (Brexit) from the European Union, was rather kicked in their bums.
From my friends over at Decision Desk:
How bad is this for the Conservatives? They lost Canterbury, which they’d held since WWI. The incumbent had represented the seat for 30 years.
Theresa May is giving her victory speech for her constituency. Promises “stability” if it turns out the Conservative Party wins the most seats and votes. She’s essentially conceding there’s going to be a “hung Parliament”.
BBC now predicting:
318 seats for Conservatives. That’s 8 seats short of an outright majority.
267 for Labour.
11 for the Lib Dems.
May’s party was supposed to take this election handily, giving her the ability to negotiate Brexit in the two-year window with Britain’s interests and a mandate from Her Majesty’s Subjects in her pocket.
But now that will not happen as planned.
In fact, May’s rival, Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, has already asked her to step aside given that England has a “hung parliament.” That means someone will have to form a coalition government, in which the Labour (and maybe even the Liberal Democrats) will have a voice.
For America, it means less cooperation with President Trump’s agenda. In international circles, it’s a victory for globalism, and perhaps a revisit of the Brexit decision. For Israel, it’s a disaster, if Corbyn gets anywhere near Number 10 Downing–his party is virulently anti-Israel to the point of being accused of anti-Semitism (which is why, perversely, he’s won the backing of some of Trump’s most awful-awful alt-righters).
Just like the rest of the world gasped when Trump won the U.S. election last November, the U.K. election here does have some consequences. The first one might be Trump cancelling (or being asked to cancel) his planned state visit to London.
First of all, he might have nobody to visit for a while if they haven’t formed a real government.
Second of all, given his feud with the Mayor of London, he may not be too popular.
Like sand, governments of the world move to and fro. South Korea has blocked further deployment of the American THAAD missile defense system (intended to protect South Korea!). And now the U.K. might join Germany in considering us no longer a “reliable partner.”
The suck may have begun to pick up suction, folks.