British Conservative Party Member of Parliament Boris Johnson speaks at a fringe event during the Conservative Party annual conference at the International Convention Centre, in Birmingham, England, Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)
December 12, 2019 10:41 EST Late Thursday night the projections for the historical UK general election are rolling in and the results have been resounding.
Boris Johnsons’s Conservative Party is projected to win a huge majority, while the opposing Labour Party is on track to record it’s worst result in decades. Labour leader and marxist Jeremy Corbyn has suggested he will not lead his party into another election. The election results indicate that his platform of massive social and tax structure change were too far left even for a socialist union like the UK.
Despite worries about the weather interfering with voter turnout, Conservative voter turnout increased by 2% from 2017. Labour turnout decreased by 9%. Wile Labour suffered historic losses, they did steal several seats in the London area from the Conservative Party.
The results are widely seen as a final referendum on Brexit and the desire of the people to finish the UK’s departure once and for all. In a statement (covered by The BBC) after projections were called for the Conservatives, Prime Minister Boris Johnson struck a tone of unity, promising to take on the Brexit mandate with renewed vigor. He also reiterated his intent to expand NHS funding and recruit tens of thousands of new health workers.
“This one nation conservative government has been given one powerful new mandate, to get Brexit done.”
It wasn’t just the Conservatives who shook things up Thursday night. The Scottish National Party snatched seats from both Labour and Conservative and Liberal Democrat star Jo Swinson lost her the seat she’s held for 12 years to her SNP challenger. The results are thought to be indicative of the desire of the Scottish people to hold another separation referendum and lead their own political matters.
If the projections hold steady (and it looks as though they will) these results belie a huge shift in the mood of the British electorate.
UK voters crossed party lines to vote conservative just like American voters crossed party lines to vote Republican in 2016. UK voters are exhausted with the constant drama of Brexit, just as American voters are exhausted with the constant din of impeachment. Could this be at least a weak signal as to what will happen with the American voters come 2020?