The news and sound bites are reverberating and progressive internationalists are gloating at the supposed catastrophe that had befallen the British Prime Minister Theresa May and the Conservative (CON; Tories) Party in the U.K. elections. There is no question that the result was an unexpected disappointment — but was it the catastrophic or “devastating”defeat reported by most media sources and referred to as such by gloating EU officials and Labor Party politicians?
That it was a catastrophe or “devastating” is pure nonsense.
The media has become so biased, including the BBC that I used to respect for their objective and comprehensive reporting in most areas. But now, even the BBC has made common cause with the American liberal media when it comes to reporting politics in Europe and the United States. With the BBC and big media, objectivity has simply gone out the window!
What really happened — after the dust settled from the gloating media celebrations — is this: In Great Britain, 326 seats are needed in the House of Commons for a majority party to rule.
Yes, the Conservatives lost the bare majority that they had possessed previously by losing a net of 12 seats (controlling now 318 seats) as trumpeted by the celebratory media. In fact, without seriously analyzing the results, the media rushed to judgment and have all but joined Labor politicians in calling for British Prime Minister Theresa May to resign.
Of course, May acted correctly by refusing to do so and stating that she had the right to form a new government. In fact, following her lead, the Conservatives immediately regained that majority by forming an alliance with their political allies, the Center-Right Democratic Unionist Party (DUP, representing Northern Ireland, which won 2 additional seats). See map below. The blue areas are the Conservative voting blocs; dark greeen, DUP; red, Labor; yellow, SNP.
And so Theresa May and the Conservatives will continue to govern the United Kingdom.
True, the Labor Party (LP) won 29 seats (controlling now 261 seats). But the fact is the Conservatives have a significant plurality over the Labor Party in the House of Commons, even if the Labor Party were joined by the Liberal Democrats who only command 12 seats.
Most interestingly, the biggest loser was not the Conservative Party but the Scottish Nationalist Party (SNP), the pro-EU and secessionist party of Scotland (now controlling 35 seats), which lost 21 seats to the Tories. In fact, the Conservatives swept the southern seats of Scotland formerly belonging to the SNP.
Listening to Labor leaders claiming victory and calling themselves the “real winners,” one would not have realized the reality of the numbers. Conservatives: 326 seats; Labor: 261 seats! Reading the headlines, one would have thought that Labor had won the election.
Theresa May said that she’ll “reflect on what we need to do to take the party forward.” Exactly, despite the unexpected setback, the Conservatives will continue to rule, and Brexit is still on track. Most unexpectedly, but a very welcomed surprise, is that much of southern Scotland is now behind British Conservatives — and the Conservatives will be ruling in an alliance with MPs from Northern Ireland!
The fact is that globalists and socialist internationalists are itching to squelch nationalism and freedom in Europe and the United States. They yearn for the fall of Theresa May in Britain and particularly Donald Trump in the United States. The headlines and media coverage of the British election represent not sound reporting but malevolent wishful thinking. The election results were not catastrophic — but a realignment and a disappointing setback given Theresa May’s gamble in calling for the election at this time given the uncertainty of the times and the fickleness of representative democracy.
Written by Dr. Miguel Faria
Miguel A. Faria, M.D. is a retired clinical professor of neurosurgery and long time medical editor. He is the author of “Vandals at the Gates of Medicine” (1995); “Medical Warrior: Fighting Corporate Socialized Medicine” (1997); and “Cuba in Revolution: Escape From a Lost Paradise” (2002). His website is https://HaciendaPublishing.com.
This article may be cited as: Faria MA. The British election — A setback and a political realignment, not a devastating defeat. HaciendaPublishing.com, June 10, 2017. Available from: https://haciendapublishing.com/the-british-election–a-setback-and-a-political-realignment-not-a-devastating-defeat-by-miguel-a-faria-md
A shorter but similar version of this article first appeared in the Macon Telegraph on June 9, 2017, and on GOPUSA.com, June 10, 2017.
Copyright ©2017 Miguel A. Faria, Jr., M.D.
4 thoughts on “The British election — A setback and a political realignment, not a devastating defeat by Miguel A. Faria, MD”
RS: Now it is time for Scotland to assert her independence. I prefer Tories to Labour but Boris Johnson is wrong to gum up the works.
MAF: Read my article Scotland and Britain and the historic referendum.
RS: 2014 was 7 years ago. Scotland’s debts led it to merge its parliament with England & Wales in 1707. Nothing stays static forever, however. Things evolve and Scotland should — like Canada, Australia and New Zealand — take its place among the nations of the world while remaining in the Commonwealth.
MAF: the mentality of the merger evolved as the Stuarts became kings of England as well as Scotland. 7 years is not that long ago. But the sad truth today is that Scotland does not have enough young people to sustain itself and too many people old and on welfare. Therefore it depends on England, which it hates. Now of course they want to join the EU for the same reason — economic sustenance and maintenance of the safety net on the back of the Germans, as is almost the case with everybody else. Therefore there are a lot of socialists in Scotland as well. Great Britain would be more solidly conservative if Scotland would leave the UK. The Labor Party would lose its main ally, the Scottish National Party. GB does not need Scotland at all, except for historic reason; the converse is absolutely not true for reasons I have stated!
RS: I didn’t realize all of that. Scotland doesn’t have enough young people? Even with immigration? What about other countries on Europe with aging populations? I don’t think the SNP considers Labour an ally, at least in Scottish elections.
MAF: not in Scottish elections, no. But in the British Parliament, they go hand in glove! Incidentally here is the Scotsman news: https://www.scotsman.com/news/scottish-news/snp-criticised-bill-set-scottish-welfare-state-doubles-ps651m-1740409?fbclid=IwAR0hQOp2hGw0gPStxI3BFUklLLRLFujRYg1vT4nig6qXmll8MD6FuYJaK5Y
RS: Too many parasites and bogus asylum seekers in UK, including, evidently, Scotland. Like Labour could do any better!
MAF: unfortunately that is the truth, and in the last British elections that made Boris Johnson PM, the British voted a huge mandate for the Conservatives, despite Labor, SNP, and the Liberal Democrats (even the Center-Right Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) of Northern Ireland voted against the Conservatives for completely opposite reasons!). The Tories beat them all!
Prince Charles immediately assumed the British throne with the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, Thursday, but won’t be crowned anytime soon because a formal coronation ceremony won’t happen for months, or maybe longer.
“He will be crowned probably in a year,” Kate Williams, history professor at England’s Reading University and author of “Young Elizabeth: The Making of the Queen,” told PEOPLE. “The coronation ceremony usually takes a year because it’s seen as unseemly, really, to have a coronation ceremony straight after someone’s death. It’s a long period of mourning.”
Elizabeth, 96, died peacefully Thursday afternoon at Balmoral Castle in Scotland. All four of her children and her grandson Prince William traveled to Balmoral to be at her side… She was Britain’s longest reigning monarch, marking 70 years on the throne this year. The British monarchy’s rules state that “a new sovereign succeeds to the throne as soon as his or her predecessor dies.” That means Prince Charles, Queen Elizabeth II’s eldest son, became king immediately upon her death… Charles must declare to Parliament on the first day of its session following the accession, or at the coronation, whichever is first, that he is a faithful Protestant. The oath is mandated by the Accession Declaration Act of 1910. He must also take a coronation oath as prescribed by the Coronation Oath Act of 1689, the Act of Settlement of 1701 and the Accession Declaration Act. He must be in communion with the Church of England, a flexible rule which allowed King George I and King George II to reign even though they were Lutherans. — Newsmax
September 6, 2022: Liz Truss, a former accountant and 12-year veteran of Parliament, took over as British prime minister on Tuesday after a farewell speech by the outgoing Boris Johnson and meeting the queen at her castle in Scotland. Truss, 47, assumed the top leadership post in the country one day after she was chosen by the ruling Conservative Party as its leader over the other candidate, Rishi Sunak. The shift to Truss was made official when she met with Queen Elizabeth II at her Balmoral estate in Scotland. As dictated by tradition, Johnson had met with the queen first.—GOPUSA
Truss as PM: They’re all the same. Out to line their own pockets and ignore the needs of the people. She’s been in the government for awhile now and done nothing. She’s also guilty of crimes against humanity like the rest of the crooks. The Government coerced people into taking an experimental jab for an illness that was like flu. And it didn’t even actually work, but unfortunately killed a lot of people and still is. The Government also laundered billions of pounds in the Ukraine. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. I could go on and on about all the crimes and wrong doings but that would be boring, cos I type with one finger not two thumbs 😂 No I prefer democracy, but with governments using TV etc to brainwash the majority, they can basically do what they like. Anyway no worries, we’ve all got our own opinions 😁 Your opinion is just as valid as mine 👍 Oh! I forgot, you’re in America! I don’t know your system of government, but over here it’s dreadful. But I like what you said.– Chris Hunt, FB, El Salvador, Sept 6, 2022
Re. corruption & venality, man is fallible subject to the foibles of human nature, which is why he must be bound by the chains of constitutional governance, or do you prefer a benevolent dictator or what? Incidentally what are her crimes against humanity? Re. corruption, that may be so and she is thrown in the mix, the more the merrier, and you prefer a nice dictator and a police state to prevent all of that mischief and corruption. I see! Re. Democracy, & opinions, yes, you had your opinion and I had mine. You can thank half the population that voted Democrat, in which some allowed themselves to be brainwashed; others are evil, incited by envy and class warfare, and the dark side of human nature; others thirst for power — for the mess we are in! One must look down the road for the consequences of throwing some expressions in the air and thinking about where they lead. Posters in my timeline must read, think, and post intelligent opinions. I let the readers decide which ones are valid and which ones are not! Not all opinions are valid; some are nonsense! Incidentally, I prefer a Republic and constitutional governance guided at least theoretically by the rule of law; rather than democracy, simple majority (mob) rule and the capricious rule of man. Just something to ponder friend! 🤔😎— Dr. Miguel Faria
A robust majority of the British public would like the constitutional monarchy system to continue in the wake of Queen Elizabeth II’s death, according to a recent YouGov poll. For the survey (1,727 adults polled), which coincides with the ascendancy of King Charles III, 64% of respondents supported the next era of the monarchy carrying on without any changes — more than three times of those opposing the institution (21%)… 84% of Britons 65 and older support the monarchy’s continuation, compared to just 40% of positive respondents from the 18-24 age demographic. —Newsmax
Most of the British people have respect for traditional institutions that have served them well and know their history! On the other hand, many of our fellow “citizens” have no conception of their history, are ignorant “know-it-alls” with fatuous opinions formulated by hear-say, and consequently their attitudes change with the wind of fads, liking whatever is chic, dictated by the popular culture and media that they claim they do not trust! That is why Biden is President, the Democrats controlled Congress, and we are in the mess we are in! In Britain, conservatives have also a huge majority in Parliament, love their country and its traditions, and passed Brexit, leaving the globalist, socialist EU ro preserve their sovereignty, their culture, and institutions !— Dr. Miguel A. Faria. 😎 https://haciendapublishing.com/so-you-dont-trust-the-media-really-by-miguel-a-faria-md/