People may wish to discuss the election result, so here’s a post for that.
The Conservatives have 318 seats, and it looks like they will form a government with support from the DUP (10 seats) that will have a small overall majority. Theresa May seems to be hanging on as leader, though it’s hard to see how she can stay for long having taken such a disastrous gamble and run such a poor campaign.
Yet again, the forecasts of the experts turned out to be completely wrong:
Kudos to YouGov, who stuck to their projection that was way out of line with the others but turned out to be one of the most accurate. So perhaps the only winner here is Michael Gove. Doubtless the pollsters will find excuses for getting it wrong, as they did last time. Maybe more young people turned out this time, or maybe more Kippers switched to Labour than anticipated.
There was a big drop in the Green party vote, from 3.8% in 2015 to 1.6% this time. Apparently the DUP has a sceptical view on climate change so that’s bad news for greens too. George Monbiot is unhappy.
Update 12 June: Gove is Environment Secretary
Over the weekend, Theresa May carried out a relatively minor reshuffle of her cabinet.
Michael Gove, who was fired from his role as Justice Secretary by May less than a year ago, is now back as Environment Secretary. This has upset the Guardian, twice, who say that he tried to get climate change removed from the school curriculum, and that he’s “entirely unfit” for the job. His voting record on environmental issues shows that he has generally voted against regulations to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. Andrew Montford remarks on the outrage of the green blob.
Larry (see photo above) stays on, apparently.