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8 June 2017 - the UK elects, generally...again


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When the story of this election comes to be written by the academics and historians, it will take them a very long time to sift through all the mixed messages of what is a quite extraordinary result.

Every time I think how idiotic the US election system is (and it's really stupid at times) I look at other countries and feel better.  Who sets up a system that allows the leader to say, "I'm way

There's no mechanism for that. Even if you had proof Trump himself had paid Russian hackers to go into the systems and change votes, he is still POTUS. At best, Congress can vote to impeach him, but t

2 hours ago, Olympian2004 said:

And the ugly farce that are the Tories of the years 2015-2017 continues:

(Source: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-40231107)

So Theresa May has now been officially taken hostage by her own party. Why doesn't she simply quit? Cringeworthy!

I think...she will. However there is an unofficial Tory Party ABB rule applying here (anyone but Boris). So they will be desperately trying to find someone.

Who wants to lay a good bet David Cameron has been approached to come back?

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American media doesn't do so good a job explaining British politics (doesn't to a great job on American politics either, but that another story for another day.)

There's a report that the Scottish Tories are splitting off. Does that mean anything, or just some posturing?

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10 hours ago, zekekelso said:

There's a report that the Scottish Tories are splitting off. Does that mean anything, or just some posturing?

It means that Scottish voters (who mostly voted last year to stay in the EU) get an assurance of meaningful influence on the Brexit negotiations. Smart move by Ruth Davidson and her team.

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6 hours ago, JMarkSnow2012 said:

It means that Scottish voters (who mostly voted last year to stay in the EU) get an assurance of meaningful influence on the Brexit negotiations. Smart move by Ruth Davidson and her team.

This. Ruth Davidson deserves more for all the work she did in Scotland and considering the DUP doesn't recognize her own relationship and life, it's completely reasonable for her part.

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15 hours ago, Roger87 said:

This. Ruth Davidson deserves more for all the work she did in Scotland and considering the DUP doesn't recognize her own relationship and life, it's completely reasonable for her part.

It may be helpful at this point to explain to our international readers that Ruth Davidson is a member of the Scottish parliament (in Edinburgh), not of the Westminster parliament, so it would require considerable ingenuity for her to challenge Theresa May directly for the post of UK Prime Minister.

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