Tag Archives: Election 2017

GA: Republicans hang on to House seat in special election

Source: The Hill

“Republican Karen Handel is projected to win Georgia’s special House election, dealing a major blow to Democrats who were hoping to score an early win against President Trump ahead of the 2018 midterms. Handel defeated Democrat Jon Ossoff in what had become the most expensive House race in history. Republicans could tout the victory as evidence that backlash to Trump won’t win the House for Democrats. Georgia’s suburban Atlanta district has been a Republican stronghold for decades, with former Speaker Newt Gingrich among the prominent politicians who have held the seat. Voters in the district repeatedly reelected Tom Price, whose appointment to be Trump’s Health and Human Services secretary brought on the special election.” (06/20/17)

http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/338675-republicans-hang-on-to-house-seat-in-key-georgia-election

Nobody won the Brexit election — but we Leavers risk losing now

Source: spiked
by Mick Hume

“There is a far bigger issue in UK politics now than the survival prospects of hopeless Tory prime minister Theresa May. The future of Brexit is on the line, as the pro-EU elites seek to exploit the indecisive result of the General Election. The question of whether Britain really will withdraw from the anti-democratic institutions of the European Union is in serious doubt. The danger is that we end up with a sort of Remain-by-another-name. That would mark a serious defeat for democracy. It would mean that the vote to Leave by 17.4million last June has been effectively overturned by elitist political manoeuvres inside and outside parliament.” (06/13/17)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/nobody-won-the-brexit-election-but-we-leavers-risk-losing-now/

UK: May delays Queen’s Speech as she grapples to lead minority government

Source: Sky News [UK]

“Theresa May’s Queen’s Speech has been thrown into chaos after she was forced to delay it, according to Sky sources. The Prime Minister has postponed the key address — due to be on 19 June — as she grapples with how to control a minority government. The Queen is expected to attend Parliament a few days later to give the speech that reveals that year’s legislative agenda. A Labour spokesperson responded: ‘Number 10’s failure to confirm the date of the Queen’s speech shows that this government is in chaos, as it struggles to agree a backroom deal with a party with abhorrent views on LGBT and women’s rights.'” (06/12/17)

http://news.sky.com/story/david-davis-admits-government-may-pursue-softer-brexit-10913263

France: Macron tightens grip on Assembly as old guard ejected

Source: Bloomberg

“President Emmanuel Macron expanded his control of French politics as voters put his party on track to a sweeping majority in the National Assembly in the first round of legislative elections, ousting establishment stalwarts in the process. The new president’s year-old party, Republic on the Move, won 32.3 percent of the vote alongside its centrist ally MoDem, more than 13 percentage points ahead of the Republicans’ group, according to the Interior Ministry’s final vote count. The first round was marked by record-low turnout with less than half the registered voters casting a ballot. In an alliance with the centrist MoDem party, Macron’s group will have between 415 and 455 seats out of 577 in the lower house of parliament, according to projections by Ipsos.” (06/12/17)

https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2017-06-11/macron-tightens-grip-on-france-as-voters-offer-assembly-majority

The return of two-party politics? Dream on

Source: spiked
by Brendan O’Neill

“Amid all the gasps over the UK election result, there has also been an audible sigh of relief in political and media circles. And it’s growing louder. It might even turn into the loudest cry of the post-election moment. It’s a sigh which basically says: yes, Theresa May’s failure to get a majority could scupper the Brexit negotiations, and yes Jeremy Corbyn’s gain in seats has rattled and discomfited many, but at least we’re returning to two-party politics. At least British politics, following daft forays into new parties and populist experiments, is anchoring itself once more upon that binary we all like and understand: Blue / Red, Right / Left. Everyone is saying this — and they’re all wrong. The return to two-party politics is entirely illusory.” (06/09/17)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/the-return-of-two-party-politics-dream-on-general-election-result/

The general election: Where to go next

Source: Libertarian Alliance
by Sean Gabb

“The reason I hoped for a small Conservative majority was my fear that a vast mandate would let them set about passing more police state laws. They now have that small majority, and will be advised to try passing very few contentious laws. There are obvious reforms needed to welfare and education. But these are not pressing, and can be put off to another Parliament. Censoring the Internet is best avoided on the grounds of practicality. So too dropping more bombs in the Middle East, and provoking Russia. If they can hold together, and get us out of the European Union on reasonable terms, they may not be able to get a two thirds majority for another dissolution. Even so, they will be back in business, and can expect a decent majority when the next election falls due according to law. Or, if they lose the next election, they can remain in being, and hope to win the one after.” (06/11/17)

https://thelibertarianalliance.com/2017/06/11/the-general-election-where-to-go-next/

False dawn or new hope: As May limps on with right-wing pact, Labour unity is key

Source: Empire Burlesque
by Chris Floyd

“Like many others, I rejoiced through the night at the astounding UK election results, which seemed to presage a much needed, much longed-for paradigm shift in the poisonous bipartisan neoliberal consensus that has imprisoned the politics of the UK (and US) for so many years. But this morning finds us in what might be an even worse situation, as a wounded — and woefully incompetent — Theresa May limps to the palace to form a government that will be utterly at the mercy of the right-wing sectarian cranks of Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party. And since the government-forming deal won’t be a formal coalition, the DUP will be able to extract whatever concessions they please from May, who will obviously do anything to cling to power.” (06/09/17)

http://www.chris-floyd.com/home/articles/false-dawn-or-new-hope-as-may-limps-on-with-right-wing-pact-labour-unity-is-key-09062017.html

UK: Brexit thrown into doubt as May’s election gamble backfires

Source: Independent [UK]

“British politics and Brexit are in disarray after all the signs suggested Theresa May’s election gamble has gone catastrophically wrong. Updated forecasts indicated the country heading for a hung parliament, with Tories admitting the result would blow the Prime Minister’s Brexit strategy to pieces. Ms May’s position was also in question with Labour calling for her to quit and senior Tories distancing themselves from the leader, amid reports of potential successors on manoeuvres. … Ms May would have the right to try and form a coalition first if the Tories are the biggest party, but with rivals ruling out a deal it looks unlikely. Any attempt to rule with a minority would leave her in an impossibly difficult position — needing the votes of parties who have roundly rejected her approach to Brexit.” (06/08/17)

http://www.independent.co.uk/News/uk/politics/election-results-brexit-doubt-theresa-may-gamble-backfires-what-happens-next-a7780566.html

Theresa May: The mummy dissolves?

Source: Libertarian Alliance
by Sean Gabb

“Because Jeremy Corbyn is hated by virtually the whole of the political and media class, she was cried up, through her first ten months in office, as some kind of political giant. She was urged into calling the present election, because everyone important thought it would be a disaster for Mr Corbyn. She obviously believed what she was told, and spent the first week of the campaign smirking at the prospect of a three-figure majority. Then, even the combined BBC and media oligarchs were unable to prevent us from taking a good look at the woman, and concluding that she was probably unfit to run a jumble sale. I doubt she will lose. Bad as she is, she is our best chance of leaving the European Union, and that will surely be enough to get the Conservatives another majority. The prospect of a Labour-Scottish Nationalist coalition may also bring out the votes in England. But, unless the opinion polls are more unreliable than usual, she will emerge from this election personally humiliated.” (06/07/17)

https://thelibertarianalliance.com/2017/06/07/theresa-may-the-mummy-dissolves/

UK: Contenders trade blows on last day of election campaign

Source: Washington Post

“Britain’s political leaders crisscrossed the country on the last day of the general election campaign Wednesday, with security dominating the agenda in the wake of the London Bridge attack. The main contenders are battling over who will keep Britain safer from an ever-morphing terrorist threat. Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May has promised to crack down on extremism if she wins Thursday’s vote — even if that means watering down human rights legislation. Her main opponent, Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, said the real danger comes from Conservative cuts to police budgets.” (06/07/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/uk-labour-party-figure-steps-down-due-to-illness/2017/06/07/8320b42a-4b62-11e7-987c-42ab5745db2e_story.html