Tag Archives: Election 2017

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)


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)


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)


Where's the Free Speech Party?

Source: spiked
by Mick Hume

"Since last week’s Manchester bombing, all Britain’s political leaders have repeated their commitment to defending our freedoms against terrorism. Yet when it comes to our most important liberty of all, freedom of speech, they have all surrendered already. Whatever the result of the UK General Election, the Free Speech Party will not be joining the government." (06/01/17)


UK: Corbin to debate; May runs and hides behind Rudd

Source: Sky News [UK]

"Jeremy Corbyn has announced he will take part in a live TV General Election debate tonight and challenged Theresa May to join him. The Labour leader will join the leaders of the Liberal Democrats, UKIP, the Green Party and Plaid Cymru, and the SNP's leader at Westminster, at the BBC event, which has been boycotted by the Prime Minister. The Tories are to be represented by Home Secretary Amber Rudd, after Mrs May made clear that she would not take part in a face-to-face showdown with any other party leaders during the campaign." (05/31/17)


May's election gamble seems to be backfiring

Source: The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison

"When May called a snap election last month, it seemed almost impossible that her party would lose seats. The prime minister assumed, and most observers agreed, that she was positioned to increase the Tory majority in the House of Commons by dozens of seats. There was talk of a landslide on par with the largest Thatcher and Blair victories. It was taken for granted that Labour was on track for the worst drubbing in modern history. While I thought there was a real danger that calling an election would backfire on May, especially when she had repeatedly said there would be no early election, I still didn’t guess that it would blow up in her face as spectacularly as it seems to have done. If there are no large Tory gains next month, the decision to call the election will go down as another unforced error by a Conservative leader. " (05/26/17)


The early vote worm

Source: Common Sense
by Jacob Sense

"Last week was consequential for Greg Gianforte. Awfully. The Republican businessman won the special election for Montana's lone seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. He also body-slammed a reporter. He now faces misdemeanor assault charges. For which Gianforte apologized publicly … as he was declaring victory. … The message from the Montana special election is that early voting periods are far too long. Montana’s early voting began nearly four weeks before Election Day. The assault by Gianforte, with criminal charges, hardly mattered, because roughly two-thirds of Montanans had already voted when it occurred." (05/29/17)


The general election: Authoritarian hag v Fenian scumbag

Source: Libertarian Alliance
by Sean Gabb

"For the avoidance of doubt, I still intend to vote Conservative in this dreadful election. And, if Labour seems to be catching up in the opinion polls, so, I suspect, will enough people to give the Conservatives a decent majority. The general election is a rerun of last year’s Referendum. There is no other consideration that ought to sway anyone who is looking beyond our present circumstances. We vote Conservative. We leave the European Union. We hope and work for a realignment in British politics. Except for this, however, I would be dithering between another vote for UKIP and a spoiled ballot. Except for Europe, the contest is between an authoritarian hag and a Fenian scumbag." [editor's note: Odd that a libertarian who seems to be against immigration would rather vote for an authoritarian than give up on centuries of British immigration into, and occupation of, another country – TLK] (05/26/17)


MT: Gianforte leads special House election in early results

Source: Politico

"The polls are closed in Montana's special House election, where voters cast ballots Thursday less than 24 hours after Republican candidate Greg Gianforte was charged with assault for allegedly attacking a reporter covering his campaign. The race between Gianforte and Democrat Rob Quist captured national attention this week after Gianforte’s on-tape blow-up with The Guardian’s Ben Jacobs, which was described by him and three other journalists who witnessed the episode as a 'bodyslam.' Gianforte's lead over Quist was at 50 percent to 45 percent with about 225,000 ballots counted and complete returns trickling in slowly across the state." (05/25/17)


MT: GOP candidate charged after allegedly "body slamming" reporter

Source: CNN

"Greg Gianforte, the Republican candidate in Montana's special congressional election, has been charged with misdemeanor assault after he allegedly body slammed a reporter and broke his glasses on Wednesday night. The altercation took place at Gianforte's campaign headquarters in Bozeman, Montana, the night before the state's special election. It sent political shock waves rippling through the race, with two local newspapers rescinding their support for the GOP candidate. Ben Jacobs, a political reporter for the Guardian, said he had been asking Gianforte about the Republican healthcare plan when the candidate 'body slammed' him and began shouting, 'Get the hell out of here.' … The audio file provided by Jacobs backs up his account of the incident and so did accounts by other journalists who witnessed the incident." (05/25/17)