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The British elections— a setback not a devastating defeat

The news and sound bites are reverberating and progressive internationalists are gloating at the supposed catastrophe that had befallen the British Prime Minister Theresa May and the Conservative (CON; Tories) Party in the U.K. elections. There is no question that the result was an unexpected disappointment — but it was not a catastrophic or “devastating” defeat as reported by most media sources and referred to by gloating E.U. officials and Labour Party politicians? That it was a catastrophe is pure nonsense.

The media has become so biased — and that includes even the BBC — which I used to respect for its objective and comprehensive reporting in most areas; but not when it comes to politics in Europe or the United States. With the BBC and big media, objectivity has simply gone out the window.

What really happened — after the dust that was lifted from the gloating media celebrations settles — is this:

In Great Britain 326 seats are needed in the House of Commons for a majority party to rule. Yes, the Conservatives lost the bare majority that they had possessed previously by losing a net of 12 seats (controlling now 318 seats) as trumpeted by the celebratory media. In fact, without seriously analyzing the results, the media have all but joined Labour politicians in calling for British Prime Minister Teresa May to resign.

Of course, May acted correctly by refusing to do so and stating that she had the right to form a new government. In fact, following her lead, the Conservatives immediately regained that majority by forming an alliance with their political allies, the Center-Right Democratic Unionist Party (DUP, representing Northern Ireland, which won two additional seats). And so Theresa May and the Conservatives will continue to govern the United Kingdom.

True, the Labour Party won 29 seats (controlling now 261 seats). But the fact is the Conservatives have a significant plurality over the Labour Party in the House of Commons, even if the Labour Party were joined by the Liberal Democrats who only command 12 seats.

Most interestingly, the biggest loser was not the Conservative Party but the Scottish Nationalist Party, the pro-EU, secessionist party of Scotland (now controlling 35 seats), which lost 21 seats to the Tories. In fact, the Conservatives swept the southern seats of Scotland formerly belonging to the SNP. (See map.)

Listening to Labour leaders claiming victory and calling themselves the “real winners,” one would not have realized the reality of the numbers. Conservatives: 326 seats; Labor: 261 seats. Reading the headlines, one would have thought Labour had won the election.

Theresa May said that she’ll “reflect on what we need to do to take the party forward.” Exactly, despite the unexpected setback, the Conservatives will continue to rule, and Brexit is still on track. Most unexpectedly, but a very welcomed surprise, is that much of southern Scotland is now behind British conservatives — and the conservatives will be ruling in an alliance with MPs from Northern Ireland.

Sobering, but not catastrophic — that is the result of Theresa May’s gamble in calling for this election.

Miguel A. Faria, M.D. is a retired clinical professor of neurosurgery and long time medical editor. He is the author of “Vandals at the Gates of Medicine”; “Medical Warrior: Fighting Corporate Socialized Medicine”; and “Cuba in Revolution — Escape From a Lost Paradise.” His website is http://www.haciendapub.com.

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