From Espresso: Labour failed. The Liberal Democrats were massacred. The United Kingdom Independence Party was thwarted, taking around 12% of the vote but just a single constituency (another reason to regard Britain’s electoral system as hopelessly decrepit). When the votes were counted in Britain’s general election last night, there were lots of losers—but none more humiliated than the pollsters, who until the end were predicting a hung parliament, in which Ed Miliband, Labour’s now-doomed leader, seemed as likely to become prime minister as David Cameron. Instead, as the final results trickled in, Mr Cameron’s Conservatives seem set for a thin but astonishing overall majority, securing another five years in government, this time without the need for coalition partners. The other triumphant victors were the separatist Scottish National Party, who swept all but three of Scotland’s 59 seats. That Scottish landslide may in time mean the union itself ranks among last night’s victims http://econ.st/1F3uczG
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The nation awakens to five more years of Tory rule this morning, after Labour were decapitated by the SNP overnight and the Liberal Democrats were left with more tears than MPs.
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Latest UK election recap:
- Conservatives forecast to be one seat short of absolute majority.
- SNP heading for landslide in Scotland.
- "Very disappointing" night for Labour, says Ed Miliband.
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- #SNP heading for landslide in Scotland.
- "Very disappointing" night for #Labour, Ed Miliband says.
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Ffew people even in Conservative HQ thought that their party could possibly come out of Britain’s general election with a clearer mandate than it had going in. Yet that is what appears to have happened. But such is the ragged state of British politics that David Cameron looks condemned to preside over a government that will be weaker than the coalition he has run for the past five years, even as this election has deepened the problems Britain faces. The Tories must strengthen a fragile economy, manage the uncertainty of a referendum on Europe and salvage a union with Scotland that is falling aparthttp://econ.st/1GSOkBq
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This has been a bittersweet election for the United Kingdom Independence Party. It earned nearly 13% of British votes, third best among the parties. But the failure of Nigel Farage, the party’s boisterous leader, to win the constituency of Thanet South was a sharp disappointment. Many questions now linger over UKIP’s future. Mr Farage has resigned as leader, as he promised to do if he did not win a seat. He may yet make a comeback, but without undoubtedly its biggest name, will the party stand the test of time?http://econ.st/1Puo9Wm
THIS has been a bitter-sweet election for the United Kingdom Independence Party. The failure of Nigel Farage, the party’s boisterous leader, to win the...
The big reason for the Scottish Nationalist Party's surge is the party’s success in propagating a view that Scotland is fundamentally different from the rest of the United Kingdom. They claim that it is more socially liberal, greener, and far more left-wing. That is bogus. Poll after poll shows that on almost any conceivable issue, including the ideal role and size of the state, Scots are little different from other Britons. And despite claiming to be a more “progressive” party than Labour, in Scotland the SNP has overseen cuts to funding for hospitals and schools http://econ.st/1PtYBbX
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