Could the Conservative government fall over sex scandals? That’s the question being asked after two MPs have been accused of inappropriate behaviour, and a redacted list containing at least 34 further Conservative MPs made its way onto the Guido Fawkes website. ITV’s Robert Peston raises the possibility over on his Facebook page that it could bring about the end of the Conservatives’ hold on power. It’s certainly possible.
What’s the balance of forces following the 2017 election, and what do the parties need to do to win power next time? At the 2015 election, the Conservative position in parliament was of a small majority and just 37 per cent of the vote. However, in the far more important respect as far as British politics goes – seats, and vote share in those seats – David Cameron had created a hegemonic position for his party.
I heard an awful lot about vote share at both the Conservative and Labour conferences. Both parties used this to argue that the 2017 election was a type of victory, and that things were going well. It’s true that Labour got close to their 1997 performance while the Conservatives bettered even their 1983 high watermark as far as vote share goes. However, the British electoral system isn’t about vote share.
@RobTanner83 Yes. Something v important and unnoticed in days after election was that Yvette Cooper did something v foolish - call for the government to involve Labour in Brexit talks - and then Theresa May did something even more foolish - ie, decline the offer.
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