As we all know, recently a flawed candidate facing an extremely hostile media ran a solid campaign that barely lost, but with an attractive and progressive platform that clearly indicated the direction the party was headed in. But enough about Hillary Clinton! There was an election yesterday in the UK, in which the Tories were humiliated by a strong opposition campaign, but it looks like they’ll just be able to hang on to the government:
Democratic Unionist leader and last first minister of Northern Ireland Arlene Foster says she wants to “bring stability to our nation” by backing Theresa May and the Tories to continue in power.
Foster added that she is now entering discussions with May over the details of any arrangement that would prop up a new government.
Foster said the election in Northern Ireland where 10 DUP MPs were elected to the Commons was a “great result” for the union. She confirmed that May had been in contact with her on Friday morning about gaining DUP support for a minority Tory administration.”
“I make no apology for wanting the best for Northern Ireland and all of the union,” Foster said at the Stormont Hotel in Belfast just across the road from the main entrance to the Stormont Parliament, which remains in cold storage while talks begin next week to restore devolution.
This sounds like a pretty fragile government to me, but I’ll leave it to Dave and Christa.
…I also completely agree that “could a better candidate running on this platform have won?” counterfactuals are dumb. Since the candidate who would 1)run on the platform Corbyn ran on and 2)had more support within the party…doesn’t exist it’s a silly thing to argue about. Corbyn won the leadership and he won it again and he did better than could have been reasonably expected in the election.