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General Election in the UK - 8th June

Discussion in 'European Politics' started by The Scotsman, Apr 18, 2017.

  1. The Scotsman

    The Scotsman Well-Known Member

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    Theresa May the UK Prime minister has just announced a snap general election for the 8th June!
    Good move on her part should be a comfortable Conservative win!

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4420886/Theresa-calls-General-Election-June-8.html
     
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    Yes I think it's a good move for Ms.May tactically.It could be good for the SNP too.
     
  3. The Scotsman

    The Scotsman Well-Known Member

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    Yeah I like May but by doing this she gets her own mandate rather than the inheritance from Cameron.
    I doubt the SNP will gain much from this they have Scotland sewn up any way?
     
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    That's kin da dramatic isn't it ?
     
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    Little bit! Good though as she inherited the job when Cameron ran off after he backed the remain lot in the brexit vote. This will give her her own mandate. The Labour Party is going to get screwed and screwed large!
     
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    Well hard lessons are good.
    Sounds like she is more clever than many would like to admit.
     
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    Well hr party is leading and the opposition Labour is in strife so it is a good move for May.
     
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    Yes, very smart!

    Not sure if it is good for democracy, but very smart move from a politician!
     
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    This is an advantage of the British system. An elected government cab call a poll anytime. But it would only do this if well ahead in the poll and with a reasonable majority.
     
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    Can any faction demand one or just the one in control ?
     
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    Just the bunch in power.

    Saying that you can go for a vote of no-confidence in the Prime Minister but that would assume that the PM's own party would vote with the opposition..??
     
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    Ok, thx. So it's kind of self serving.
    Can the citizens force it up ? Trying to fihurt out how power can shift...
     
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    Yes Sir it is.
    Jump an election when you know you're going to win...kidda cool huh

    Not really no, it’s basically a fixed term of 5 years unless Parliament votes to hold another election. In this case, May called for an election but it still had to be agreed on and voted for by the MPs - which it was and they did.

    So, when she wins she will have her own mandate to Govern (as a Conservative Prime Minister). Don't forget the last Prime Minister, David Cameron resigned only 18 months into his term (after he effectively lost the Brexit referendum) so the conservative party needed a new Prime Minister and thus the Conservative Party voted Theresa May in as PM. So effectively she is operating under the election manifesto of her predecessor David Cameron which is a bit of an issue for her and the Country.
     
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    Ah, ok so there is the five.
    So the extra one just restarts the 5 yr clock ? That is interesting. Not sure I would want such a thing but clever of whoever to dream it up.
     
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