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I hope everyone was able to go out and vote! :) managed to a get a 'dog at the polling station' snap as well!

 

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Well, except we now have to look forward to a DUP/Tory coalition. I'm really not up to date with DUP (literally just finished my exams so will do some catching up) but I've heard they are pretty nasty (about some things anyway, but since I'm bi I guess I'm bi-ased). However, I was almost glad I woke up accidentally at 5 am to catch the results. How's everyone feeling?

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I'm not British, but was greatly inspired to go expat to Britain when I observed that the Monster Raving Looney Party took in 3,890 votes overall, and the Pirate Party cleared 2,900. That's democracy in action.

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DUP hurts my head. They're like our own little grown Republican party. Anti-abortion, anti gay marriage, anti-climate change. And now they have a say in our government. 

 

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Hearing rumblings that it might be in breach of the Good Friday Agreement... hopefully the BBC is an ok source! This is just... not a coalition I can see lasting. The Tories seem like they're just picking a new leader and letting May take all the blame until they have enough strength to kick her out.

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Is there really a Monster Raving Looney Party?

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11 hours ago, jt07 said:

Is there really a Monster Raving Looney Party?

I think at one stage they were saying they'll give you a pound coin for voting for them. Don't know if that was true though. 

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2 hours ago, Southern Discomfort said:

I think at one stage they were saying they'll give you a pound coin for voting for them. Don't know if that was true though. 

Having read their website  I'd pay them for the privilege.

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I must say that elections in the UK are interesting. A lot more interesting than in the US. In the US, we are all too often faced with choosing the candidate which scares us the least. People in the UK know how to have some fun with the elections.

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Yes, not to minimize the significance, but they are prettt fascinating.  We can't even get a third party that has had a consistent platform and consistency support off the ground, much less all the randomly interesting and humorous ones.  

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20 hours ago, ananke said:

Hearing rumblings that it might be in breach of the Good Friday Agreement... hopefully the BBC is an ok source! This is just... not a coalition I can see lasting. The Tories seem like they're just picking a new leader and letting May take all the blame until they have enough strength to kick her out.

And given that the powersharing issue that there currently is in N. Ireland between Sinn Fein and the DUP.  (Basically yet another assembly election or going back to direct rule from Westmonster).

In other news there is still a large pro-Indy Majority in Holyrood, Westmonster and the EU so Scotland declaring Independence is still on the cards.  

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*Sigh* anyone else smell another general election in the near future... this is somehow an even less functional coalition than the Lib-Con's. In that relationship at least it was very clear Cameron was just going to completely ignore anything Clegg et al. wanted. This just sort of feels like TM is a hollow sock puppet the Tories are forcing to dance while Brexit negotiations happen. Sure she'll be given the shove soon :/ and Gods help us all if Boris Johnson becomes the PM. Imagine him and Trump together. 

I don't think British politics has ever taken itself too seriously (barring the two main parties of course). Pitt the Younger was only 24 when he was elected, and is still made fun of now! But yeah, I've only been eligible to vote in the last 6 years and it's been a rollercoaster (nothing I've voted for has gone through lol, apart from local MP. Maybe the universe is telling me something). What are the next generations going to think of us?

EDIT: also I think regardless of your political beliefs or side of the pond, we can all agree that things are pretty intense and weird right now. This may just be my 20 something self though

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