Since the UK general elections in the May of 2015, the state of our government has changed immensely from the cabinet to the Prime Minister. Sometimes to realise the amount of change that has occurred, one must take the time to appreciate it and understand what exactly has happened.
In the election of 2015, the Conservatives won with a working majority of 12 seats while Labour had lost 26 seats compared to the 2010 election, which was a huge blow to the party and resulted in the resignation of Ed Miliband as leader of the opposition. This then lead to to Jeremy Corbyn taking part to succeed his role and surprised a vast amount of people by becoming the leader of the Labour party which seems like a lifetime ago.
Prime Minister: David Cameron (no longer even an MP)
First Secretary of State and Chancellor of the Exchequer: George Osborne (sacked by current Prime Minister)
Home Secretary: Theresa May (current Prime Minister)
Foreign Secretary: Phillip Hammond (Chancellor of the Exchequer)
Health Secretary: Jeremy Hunt (managed to keep his job)
Justice Secretary: Michael Gove (wanted to be the Prime Minister, after he stopped being Johnson’s campaign manager which completely backfired on him and has only recently started to resurface)
Education Secretary: Nicky Morgan (now leaving the education system firmly alone)
and last but not least, Boris Johnson, former Mayor of London, the mastermind behind Boris bikes, and front figure of the leave campaign who is now Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs.
As you can see, a lot of roles have shuffled around with a pinch more drama than usual. The classic Gove vs Johnson showdown is yet to appear on our screens but I firmly hold out hope that it will be “coming soon”. Nicky Morgan unfortunately resides near me so I see her worndown looking office that makes her seem as if she is in touch with the people quite frequently. Poor or stupid David Cameron, whichever way you see it has had the biggest pie in the face of the year with his reputation now sitting in the flames of our EU passport. Theresa May is yet to hold a general election but continues to make plans of our country’s future behind close doors with the exception of a sneaky whisper to Nissan. And the rest of them aren’t interesting enough to really talk about.
If you thought that was dramatic, Labour take it to a whole new level. So far we’ve established that the underdog that was Jeremy Corbyn is the leader of the opposition but of course his status has been shaken which begs the question: are you a Corbynite?
Where did it all start? The easiest moment to pin point was the devastating result of the EU referendum and whether or not Jeremy Corbyn did enough to combat the booming voices of the “big three”: Farage, Gove and Johnson. The vote of no confidence by 172 votes to 40 saw the Labour party start to fragment and resignations from many of the shadow cabinet as the image below depicts.
This then meant the leadership battle which really only saw one ending between Corbyn and Owen Smith, which was unfortunate for Smith but inevitable considering the sheer amount of Corbyn supporters that have grown significantly.
Did anything else major happen in politics this year? Aside from Donald vs Hilary that is soon to draw to a close, a major, colossal, earth shattering, momentous event happened that surprisingly is not the size of Tim Farron’s eyebrows (evidence shown below) but of course the EU referendum…
Image source (Sorry, Tim)
For poor souls such as myself at the ripe young age of 17, I had to sit by and watch people that are drawing nearer to the end of their life decide the fate of my country and it’s involvement with the rest of the world (I will save this rant for another day). Shock hit the opinion polls and just about everyone else, as the UK decided to leave the EU with the percentage of leavers being at the soul crushing 52%.
Do we yet know what’s going to happen? No
Has Article 50 been evoked? No
Do the government know what’s going to happen? No
Do we know what the government have prioritised? Yes
What is that? Immigration
Have the 48% of the population been left behind? Yes
Does anyone in government seem to care? No
And there is my take on the main changes in the political world in the last year and a half. I apologise to leave it on such a depressing note but there is not much more that can be said.
Emily Simms: 20:16