There was quite a gamble that Prime Minister Theresa May took in calling an election THREE YEARS EARLY, but obviously that was a gamble that really didn’t pay off as well as anticipated. The British Parliament game is wonky, to say the least, and the rules (at least for us Americans) are strange and myriad. One thing that I do love about British politics is the way that they so politely yell at each other. That’s always fun to watch.
I remember back a few years ago when one of the Supreme Court justices, Samuel Alito, deigned to speak his mind in a public forum and the press lost their minds over it. The Daily News remembered it like this:
“With all due deference to the separation of powers,” Obama said, “last week, the Supreme Court reversed a century of law that I believe will open the floodgates for special interests – including foreign corporations – to spend without limit in our elections”
In response to this criticism of their recent ruling, Justice Samuel Alito shook his head and appeared to mouth “Not true.”
That was scandalous at the time, so long ago in…2010. But today, it seems that reporters who refer to Trump as a “piece of s**t!” is par for the course. The podium of Obama (and 50′ radiating out from it) was considered sacred ground. You couldn’t dare dream of saying anything that might be construed as even remotely disagreeing with the Savior, the Anointed.
British politics, on the other hand, makes no bones about it. If one Member of Parliament is calling another a “whore-pig’s vaginal discharge” the rest of the Parliament cheers and jeers as appropriate. They’re vicious, in a polite sort of way. It’s like Monty Python meets Jerry Springer. Weird and fun.
In the political realm there in the UK, there is also the factor of the rules that make British politics particularly dizzying. There are so many rules, back-rules, sub-rules and counter-rules that it’s like playing a game of monopoly where all the players get to add in their little pet rules, but only AFTER play has begun!
To read more about why Theresa May’s Conservative Party failed to hit pay-dirt in this latest election, turn to the next page.