If the United Kingdom stays together, the Unionists owe a special thanks to the people of West Aberdeenshire, the Scottish Highlands where the Royal Balmoral Cottage is located. There the unionists were able to prevent this crucial area from falling into the hands of the nationalists on Saturday evening. As a result, Sturgeon’s party is stranded on 64 seats out of 129, just short of an absolute majority. As a result, there will now almost certainly be an alliance with the Greens, the party that won 8 seats.
London says there is now no mandate for a new referendum on Scottish independence, but Sturgeon notes that the Greens are also an independent country. In response to the election results, she said she wanted a referendum in two years. Boris Johnson kicked off a preemptive strike after the results, calling for a mini-summit with the leaders of Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland to see how the UK can repair the damage from a year of lockdown.
The British Prime Minister wants to show that there are more important things than the struggle for independence. The government in London will also launch a magic attack called the “Love Project” to appease the Scots. This means more investment and possibly more independence. London has absolutely no intention of letting the Scots decide their fate for the second time in seven years. Scottish business is concerned with the practical implications of independence, such as creating a border between Scotland and England.
Investing in neglected areas has proven to be a successful strategy for the Conservative Party. The “red wall” of the Labor Party in central and northern England continued to collapse. In the North East of England, a region where mining and shipbuilding have all but disappeared, a conservative provincial mayor has been re-elected by a large majority, thank you for the investments made. The culmination of a Conservative Party victory in England was the capture of Hartlepool, a dilapidated port in that region.
Hartlepool has been a red-hot stronghold since the 1960s, so much so that New Labor strategist Peter Mandelson was able to win there without campaigning in the late 1990s. This European-minded Labor Party celebrity is said to have mistaken mashed peas for guacamole at a fish stall. But at the beginning of this century, dissatisfaction with the Labor Party emerged. In 2002, disgruntled Hartlepool residents elected the local football team’s mascot, a young man in a monkey costume, to be mayor.
Voting for hated Conservatives was a step too far in Margaret Thatcher’s time, but that fear is now gone. In this shift, Brexit has been a catalyst. Seven out of ten residents voted to leave the European Union. Labor leader Keir Starmer’s decision to nominate a European-oriented candidate came as a surprise. By eating fish and chips, with a pint, on a visit to Hartlepool, Starmer tried to seem practical. The London lawyer was met with laughter.
Under Boris Johnson, conservatives have reinvented themselves – traditionally their power. On the economic front, they pursue a left-wing Keynesian policy. Where there were massive austerity measures under David Cameron, Johnson distributed the money, especially in the “red zones”. From a social and cultural point of view, they follow a conservative path. With this combination, they seem close to the average voter. Elsewhere the Labor Party also lost significantly, despite the party’s growth in Wales (where the Nationalists lost, unlike their brethren in Scotland).
In Manchester, Andy Burnham cemented his position as mayor. He is now being cited as a possible successor to the moderate Starmer, who was replaced by Jeremy Corbyn a year ago. Starmer said he took full responsibility for the disappointing outcome and then fired party chairwoman Angela Rayner, angering the party’s hard-line wing. For the left wing, the score was proof that Corbyn wasn’t Labour’s problem.
Khaled Mahmoud, the Labor Party’s spokesman for defense affairs had previously resigned. When he left, he claimed that his party had been taken over by a “London-based bourgeoisie, backed by battalions of fighters awakened on social media”. In the capital, Social Democrat Sadiq Khan secured a second term as mayor, but with a shrinking majority. Johnson was the happiest of Londoners, whose bragging that voters did not care how wasteful the renovation of his official residence proved to be justified.
An official residence where he will remain, as it now appears, for a long time.
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