It was always going to be good to be true. The election called with the Conservative Party flying high in the polls, Corbyn looking week and taking a hammering. the election. The Lib Dems hanging on the remain coat tails and UKIP disappearing like a pencil being rubbed out.
Thing is having said no to a snap election from the start, Theresa May then goes and calls a snap election. This left her looking totally foolish. The reasoning behind it was because Brexit was under threat from other parties and she wanted a strong party to take forward to the negotiating table. So come the election campaigning, you would think that she would make the emphasis on Brexit amongst other domestic matters. Well I was wrong, you were wrong, we were all bloody wrong. It was barely mentioned. Instead we got Strong and Stable as the line being hammered out.
It seemed that Theresa May was actually recording a training plan of how not to win an election. It seemed to revolve around May with what seemed cameo appearances with other cabinet members, whilst some were left to be campaigning in their own seats and others. It was really painful at times especially when she said she wouldnt do the live debates. It could be said that the leaders debate might have ended up as 5 or 6 against 1, but it was the fact she just didnt seem to do many interviews at all. It was all about meeting and talking to people. It ended up being highlighted when Corbyn was talking to the masses offering everything he could for free as everyone else would be paying for it.
Even when certain opposition members and Corbyn himself were making blunders or forgetting things, surely it was there for the taking. Well it seemed Theresa May was doing everything to avoid winning a huge majority. The social care cock up, failure to counter all the claims the left were throwing via the social media. The bloggers on the left were doing more than anything else. Then of course she responds to a fox hunting question. Instead of saying that it was not happening, she says she believes in it and it would be a free vote.
The Social Care debacle also blew a chunk out of the Tory poll lead, but surely it couldnt get any worse, it could and it did. The sickening terrorist attacks impeded the campaign and naturally campaigning was suspended. The fallout also saw May being blamed due to her time as Home Secretary. It was surely easy to brush off, may be not. Blame was pushed in her direction.
The announcement by the CPS brought some relief until they opted with days to go, charge Craig Mackinlay. He still maintained the support locally and from May, but his opponents were having him as guilty as hell. Never since the witch trials had one person been made guilty before trial. Craig was returned to parliament despite everything hanging over him.
The polls closed and the exit poll released. It was looking glum, although people on all sides were not keen to take this as the likely result. The Conservatives would be the largest party and short of being able to form a government by themselves. As the evening progressed, it seemed like an exit poll was actually going to be accurate for a change. We saw some absolute shockers and some good MPs lose their jobs. Some saw their majorities almost down to the bone, including the Home Secretary. Canterbury was lost to Labour by just under 200 votes and Kensington too went red. There were MPs who should have been returning to parliament come June 9. There were however some good victories where the party took one time Labour stronghold seats. Seats were taken in Scotland albeit thanks to the great work by Ruth Davidson and her team.
Yes of course the party is the largest party in Westminster, but now we are relying on the DUP. and it’s not great. Their attitudes are on lgbt rights are not as modern as they should be. This agreement surely cannot last and neither can May’s leadership. The government now looks weak going into negotiations and May will have to make sure that she doesnt upset the backbenches who will not be happy if she tries anything stupid.
In my opinion, Theresa May needs to go and to go as soon is viably possible.