Well as the dust settles on a leaders debate, where the actual leader of our country failed to show, it looks ever more likely that a hung parliament will be the result of the June 8th General Election.
Much was rightly made of Theresa May’s refusal to debate with her competition, as Home Secretary Amber Rudd was sent to suffer an absolute beasting from her political peers. It is worth noting as well that Amber actually lost her father only days ago, and was still sent on behalf of her “leader”, Theresa May to fight for votes on her behalf. A party oozing with compassion it seems.
Host Mishal Husain did well to intervene when sporadic quarreling broke out, and rather frustratingly some leaders refused to allow the others to finish points they were making.
Amber Rudd looked out of her depth, and will have failed to secure some much needed votes, as more than once the audience chortled at her rather vague, general, Theresa May-esque responses. Jermemy Corbyn did himself a lot of favours, speaking passionately regarding his views on social justice, which provoked a roaring response from the BBC audience. Caroline Lucas will have given a lot of people, who perhaps had never taken into account the Green party, an eye opening perspective of how just important their input to the conversation is. Tim Farron made more of an impact with his humour and quick wit, but will not have people flocking in their droves to save the sinking ship that is the Liberal Democrats. Angus Robertson was my pick of the night though. His intelligent, calm, thought out responses really appealed and gave a great account of the SNP. A lot of comparisons could be drawn with himself and Mr Corbyn. Plaid Cymru’s Leanne Wood also gave a good account of herself showing herself to be a woman who carries more conviction than our own Prime Minister. All looked far more competent however, than UKIP’s Paul Nutall, who’s anti Islamic rhetoric did him no favours, as he merely looked like Nigel Farage’s biggest fan, who had won a competition to act in the shoes for the day.
So where does this leave us then? A number of statistics were released following the debate, which shows a belief that the Conservatives will secure 42% of the vote, with Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour narrowly behind on 39%. The likelihood of a hung parliament is looking ever increasing, with Theresa May, who held an overwhelming advantage when the election was called; now looking on course to not secure the majority required to remain in Number 10.
What is a hung parliament?
A hung parliament is one where no party has managed to secure an overall majority, meaning none of the parties have more than half of MP’s in the House Of Commons.
To put it bluntly, to secure an absolute majority, a party would need to win 326 seats in the House Of Commons.
So if no one party has overall charge, it makes it more difficult for laws to be passed, as this would then require support from other parties.
One option could be for parties to form coalitions with smaller parties. A likley example in the case of this election would be Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour seeking support from the Liberal Democrats to form what is known is a Minority Coalition.
In summary it’s Jeremy Corbyn who was the real winner of this debate. No other party really justified why we should flock to the polling station in their name. The absolute sham of a Conservative Party campaign is the gift that keeps on giving, and there’s no doubt the debate will have certainly cast those considering voting for Theresa May, into some certain doubt.
For those still unable to make their minds up, there is still another chance to take a look closely out the Labour and Conservative leaders (should she be arsed to show up that is).
Fri 2 June, 20:30: Question Time with Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn (BBC1)