May in UK: chaotic and unpopular

There are reports of chaos in the UK as Theresa May puts together her new Cabinet, and a post-election poll puts the Conservatives behind Labour.

The Telegraph:  Labour take five-point lead over Tories in latest poll

Labour have gained a five-point lead over the Conservatives following a disastrous general election night, according to the latest poll.

A Survation study puts Jeremy Corbyn’s party on 45 per cent and the Tories on just 39 per cent.

A month ago a Survation poll had the Conservatives 18% ahead on 48% to Labour’s 30%.

The dramatic reversal in the Labour leader’s fortunes comes after the most damaging 48 hours of Theresa May’s career.

A YouGov poll for the Sunday Times has also revealed almost half of Britons believe Mrs May should quit as Prime Minister.

A total of 48 per cent of the 1,720 people interviewed between June 9 and 10 thought she should stand down, with 38 per cent saying she should stay.

Mrs May is still reeling from the unexpected loss of seats at an election that she called to “strengthen her hand” for Brexit talks.

The Telegraph: Theresa May begins Cabinet reshuffle as DUP deal descends into chaos

Ireland’s prime minister warns Theresa May DUP deal could put Northern Ireland peace process at risk

Enda Kenny, the Irish prime minister, has said he is “concerned” about Theresa May’s plan to cut a deal with the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) to prop up a Conservative minority government.

Mr Kenny, who has served as Ireland’s Taoiseach since 2011, said he feared the deal could put the peace process in Northern Ireland at risk.

“Spoke w PM May -indicated my concern that nothing should happen to put GoodFridayAgrmt at risk & absence of nationalist voice in Westminster,” he said on Twitter.

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8 Comments

  1. artcroft

     /  June 12, 2017

    Just in from my contacts in the White House.

    Given his aversion to protests Trump has shortlisted the countries he is willing to visit over the next four years.

    The list is as follows: Russia

  2. Bill Brown

     /  June 12, 2017

    Looks like Boris Johnson making a play for the PM role. What a debacle for May.

  3. Gezza

     /  June 12, 2017

    “There are reports of chaos in the UK as Theresa May puts together her new Cabinet….”

    Pretty much the exact same way Aljaz tv London reporter described it @ 6am.

  4. High Flying Duck

     /  June 12, 2017

    Isn’t chaos the way all minority Governments are formed? Uncertainty almost always means chaos.
    Then a Government is formed and everyone gets on with it.

  5. High Flying Duck

     /  June 12, 2017

    Just for context:

    2010 election the conservatives won 306 seats and went into coalition with the Liberal Democrats who had 57 seats.
    2015 election the conservatives were picked by the polls to lose, but won a load of seats on razor thin margins to get 330 seats and a very slim majority.
    2017 they have 318 seats.

    Interestingly in terms of the popular vote the conservatives have acheived:

    2010 36.1% (Labour: 29.0%)
    2015 36.8% (Labour: 30.5%)

    • High Flying Duck

       /  June 12, 2017

      Last post posted too early…

      2017 42.3% UP 5.4% (Labour 40.0%)

      So Theresa May has actually significantly increased the Conservative vote, despite running a dreadful campaign.

      The biggest factor in this election was the demise of the smaller parties.

      And as for Boris making a play – this would belie that:

      “Mr Johnson is said to have written: “Folks we need to calm down and get behind the Prime Minister.

      “She won more votes than anyone since Margaret Thatcher. I can’t remember us having anything like 43 per cent of the vote.”

      He also said the public “do not want another election” and labelled Mrs May a “woman of extraordinary qualities”.”

      http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/boris-johnson-leaked-whatsapp-screenshots-theresa-may-general-election-leadership-challenge-a7784981.html

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