We have always asserted that the right wing press have colluded with the Billionaire classes and established pollsters to placate us, mainly because they benefit from the lie of austerity and the maintenance of a creation of unequal societies. The British Conservative Parties collapse at the general election on Thursday bears testament to the fact that the spin and manipulation of a corrupt right wing press corps influence is vastly diminishing. On the eve of the election the right wing press was awash with unsavoury pictures of Jeremy Corbin in a rubbish bin. Meanwhile, the widely circulated Evening Standard newspaper, edited by former Conservative chancellor George Osbourne, dedicated an entire issue berating Corbyn from its front page to the centre spread calling on the people of Britain to vote for the Conservative party. All major newspapers in Britain, to include the Independent and the Observer, published a YouGov poll showing that a Jeremy Corbyn Labour party would lose the election by twelve points to Theresa May.
This seemed a bit puzzling as the same polls had the Labour party cutting a 20% lead over 30 days to a three point margin two days before. At the same time there were other news clips by the BBC showing large crowds of young people turning up to see Jeremy Corby on the campaign trail and responding positively to his costed anti austerity manifesto with a flagship offering for free university education, increased spending on Policing, Education and Health and Social Services. Theresa May’s manifesto was un-costed with offerings of further austerity cuts. Her main offering was a ‘strong and stable’ leadership in order to negotiate a good Brexit deal for the British people. Throughout the campaign Jeremy Corbyn looked positive in his body language and had a previously unseen spring in his step, absent during the Brexit campaign. While Teresa May’s facial muscles looked strained and she appeared aloof at the debates. She subsequently did not turn up at an important BBC debate that was widely aired and included all the major political parties. At this debate Jeremy Corbyn put in a last minute appearance and acquitted himself well by promoting his manifesto based upon opportunity for the many and not the few. The question therefore in my mind is how then, on the eve of the elections, all major press entities in the UK were offering the possibility of a land slide victory for the Conservative party?
In the aftermath of the elections, opinion pollsters from the right wing press are facing fresh questions about their credibility after widespread prediction of a comfortable win for the Tories. Fast forward to the eve of the election I spoke to Kingston-mouth Editor, Ann Smith, expressing my disgust at the bias of the right wing press. She asserted that while there had been a bias in reporting, the UK was intrinsically a Conservative country and the prospect of a Tory victory was imminent despite her long-term support for Jeremy Corbyn. Kingston-mouth had been campaigning vigorously for the Labour party so this placed a dampener on our expectations. I nervously floated the possibility of a hung Parliament to mitigate the expectation of a Tory win.
Election day, Thursday 9th June, was quiet; a whip-round of phone calls ensured family members, work colleagues and friends remembered to place their vote. I spent the day within Hackney, East London, a strong Labour constituency, which was psychologically reassuring, although returning home to Romford proved less so. This area has been a strong Conservative constituency for several decades. However, we voted en-masse with our family and tentatively waited for the results to arrive throughout the night, watching BBC news through slightly dazed eyes. Between 10 – 11 pm exit polls were announced, suggesting a hung parliament with Tories achieving 314 seats and Labour up by 34 seats to reach 266 seats in Parliament. This triggered frantic speculation amongst the presenters and spin-doctors of the two major political parties with the suggestion coming from the Tory camp that this was a hugely erroneous exit poll. The results arrived slowly but at 1a.m. Deputy Labour leader Tom Watson was returned to his Constituency in Scotland. In his victory speech he suggested that the Labour party was on the ascendancy and in a lively speech he asserted that the Prime Minister’s authority had been undermined by the election and that her reputation was damaged by a ‘weak and wobbly’ (!) performance. Signs of the Tories decline were further evident at 2:15a.m. where Theresa May looked less than enthusiastic at her Maidenhead constituency. Despite winning she hinted at a weakening of the Tories position. She said that she intended to form some form of Government at the end of the election if the votes were in favour of the Tories.
Some real shocking casualties emerged as the night unfolded: in a dramatic concession speech at 2:45 a.m. Lib Dem hard-hitter, Nick Clegg, lost his seat, reacting with heartfelt humility he said, ‘If you live by the sword you die by the sword’ . This news threw a dampener on the possibility of a Lib Dem Labour coalition, so the news that Vince Cable was returned to his Twickenham seat with a huge majority was redeeming. In Scotland, other casualties included Alex Salmond and Angus Robertson, Deputy Leader, with Nicola Sturgeon struggling to maintain her previously strong hold. During the night it became apparent that the Scottish National Party were losing seats to Labour and Conservative parties leaving Nicola Sturgeon in a weak position to form a coalition with the Labour government. Meanwhile, in London Labour were strengthening by winning marginal seats in Ilford North, Hammersmith, Battersea, Croydon, Enfield. This showed signs that Labour were on the ascendency with increased majorities in Hackney, Stoke Newington and most of South London. News of Labour’s increased majority sent Tory spin-doctors into nervous and frantic panic response.
At the final count at 7a.m. on 10th June 2017, BBC news reported that the exit poll was correct; the UK had a hung parliament. Theresa May’s Conservative seats were down 12 to 318 and Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour seats were up by a hugely impressive 29 to 261 (awaiting the Kensington count which was won by Labour later that morning). Meanwhile, the Lib Dems were up by 4 seats winning 12. The SNP lost 20 seats, achieving 35. The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) of northern Ireland increased its seats to 10 with other independent parties achieving 12 seats. This means that the Tories have an overall lead that is short of an overall majority to form a Government. Theresa May is now certainly ‘weak and wobbly’ as she has to form a coalition with the DUP who are staunchly Conservative. This is now generally described as a ‘coalition of catastrophe’ by such luminaries as Owen Jones, author and renowned author and social activist. The winners of the night are the youth of Britain who shook of their previous apathy to vote for Jeremy Corbyn, triggering a new Socialist revolution. The hypocritical establishment press is now casting Corbyn as a new political rockstar who holds the future aspirations of the young vote in Britain. It was only yesterday they were lambasting him, describing him as a tatty socialist maverick. The loser is Theresa May, who now faces a weakened Brexit negotiation and a forceful call from party members for her resignation. Leadership hungry Boris Johnson is now hovering hungrily above her ready to devour her political corpse.
In closing, it must be said that there is no winner in the current hung parliament and a Faustian pact must be made by the Conservatives to form the next Government . It is very apparent that, ‘Theresa May’s political future is as fragile as a large elephant in a small Dagenham one bedroom terraced house. Every time the elephant turns its body it shatters the cheap Argos furniture against the wall and whenever it waves its trunk it shatters the light bulb on the ceiling.’
This article was written by Donovan Reynolds, CEO and Ann Smith, Managing editor of Kingstonmouth.com. Donovan Reynolds is an Independent blogger and Human Right’s Activist of Jamaican descent and a legal Academic who has an interest in Human Rights, Culture and International Development issues. Readers of this article are welcome to provide feedback at the space provided at the end of this article or at firstname.lastname@example.org useful commentary made on our Facebook and Kingsonmouth@twitter pages