The British election — A setback and a political realignment, not a devastating defeat by Miguel A. Faria, MD

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The news and sound bites are reverberating and progressive internationalists are gloating at British Prime Minister Theresa May乐动体育APPthe supposed catastrophe that had befallen the British Prime Minister Theresa May (photo, right) and the Conservative (CON; Tories) Party in the U.K. elections. There is no question that the result was an unexpected disappointment — but was it the catastrophic or “devastating”defeat reported by most media sources and referred to as such by gloating EU officials and Labor Party politicians?

That it was a catastrophe or “devastating” is pure nonsense.

The media has become so biased, including the BBC that I used to respect for their objective and comprehensive reporting in most areas. But now, even the BBC has made common cause with the American liberal media when it comes to reporting politics in Europe and the United States. With the BBC and big media, objectivity has simply gone out the window!

What really happened — after the dust settled from the gloating media celebrations — is this:

In Great Britain, 326 seats are needed in the House of Commons for a majority party to rule.

乐动体育APPYes, the Conservatives lost the bare majority that they had possessed previously by losing a net of 12 seats (controlling now 318 seats) as trumpeted by the celebratory media. In fact, without seriously analyzing the results, the media rushed to judgment and have all but joined Labor politicians in calling for British Prime Minister Theresa May to resign.

British election map June 2017Of course, May acted correctly by refusing to do so and stating that she had the right to form a new government. In fact, following her lead, the Conservatives immediately regained that majority by forming an alliance with their political allies, the Center-Right Democratic Unionist Party (DUP, representing Northern Ireland, which won 2 additional seats). See map on left. The blue areas are the Conservative voting blocs; dark greeen, DUP; red, Labor; yellow, SNP.

And so Theresa May and the Conservatives will continue to govern the United Kingdom.

True, the Labor Party (LP) won 29 seats (controlling now 261 seats). But the fact is the Conservatives have a significant plurality over the Labor Party in the House of Commons, even if the Labor Party were joined by the Liberal Democrats who only command 12 seats.

乐动体育APPMost interestingly, the biggest loser was not the Conservative Party but the Scottish Nationalist Party (SNP), the pro-EU and secessionist party of Scotland (now controlling 35 seats), which lost 21 seats to the Tories. In fact, the Conservatives swept the southern seats of Scotland formerly belonging to the SNP.

Listening to Labor leaders claiming victory and calling themselves the “real winners,” one would not have realized the reality of the numbers. Conservatives: 326 seats; Labor: 261 seats! Reading the headlines, one would have thought that Labor had won the election.

乐动体育APPTheresa May said that she’ll “reflect on what we need to do to take the party forward.” Exactly, despite the unexpected setback, the Conservatives will continue to rule, and Brexit is still on track. Most unexpectedly, but a very welcomed surprise, is that much of southern Scotland is now behind British Conservatives — and the Conservatives will be ruling in an alliance with MPs from Northern Ireland!

The fact is that globalists and socialist internationalists are itching to squelch nationalism and freedom in Europe and the United States. They yearn for the fall of Theresa May in Britain and particularly Donald Trump in the United States.  The headlines and media coverage of the British election represent not sound reporting but malevolent wishful thinking. The election results were not catastrophic — but a realignment and a disappointing setback given Theresa May’s gamble in calling for the election at this time given the uncertainty of the times and the fickleness of representative democracy.

Written by Dr. Miguel Faria

Miguel A. Faria, M.D. is a retired clinical professor of neurosurgery and long time medical editor. He is the author of “Vandals at the Gates of Medicine” (1995); “Medical Warrior: Fighting Corporate Socialized Medicine” (1997); and “Cuba in Revolution — Escape From a Lost Paradise” (2002). His website is http://www.haciendapub.com.

This article may be cited as: Faria MA. The British election — A setback and a political realignment, not a devastating defeat. kutahyaevdeneve.com, June 10, 2017. Available from:  http://www.kutahyaevdeneve.com/articles/british-election-%E2%80%94-setback-and-political-realignment-not-devastating-defeat-miguel-faria-md

A shorter but similar version of this article first appeared in the Macon Telegraph on June 9, and on GOPUSA, June 10, 2017.

Copyright ©2017 Miguel A. Faria, Jr., M.D.

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Brexit: MPs back Boris Johnson!

Brexit: MPs back Boris Johnson's plan to leave EU on 31 January, BBC, 12/20/2019

乐动体育APPWe have now got the breakdown of the votes in favour of Boris Johnson's Brexit bill. MPs have backed Prime Minister Boris Johnson's plan for the UK to leave the EU on 31 January. They voted 358 to 234 - a majority of 124 - in favour of the EU (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill, which now goes on to further scrutiny in Parliament. The bill would also ban an extension of the transition period - during which the UK is out of the EU but follows many of its rules - past 2020. The PM said the country was now "one step closer to getting Brexit done."

乐动体育APPLabour leader Jeremy Corbyn told his MPs to vote against it, saying there was "a better and fairer way" to leave the EU - but six of them backed the government.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, 353 of them came from Tories.
But six Labour MPs voted for the plan too:
• Sarah Champion - MP for Rotheram
• Rosie Cooper - MP for West Lancashire
• Jon Cruddas - MP for Dagenham and Rainham
• Emma Lewell-Buck - MP for South Shields
• Grahame Morris - MP for Easington
• Toby Perkins - MP for Chesterfield
A further 32 Labour MPs abstained in the vote - despite Jeremy Corbyn telling his party to vote against it.
They include three shadow cabinet members:
• John Trickett - MP for Hewmsworth
• Ian Lavery - MP for Wansbeck
乐动体育APP • Andrew Gwynne - MP for Denton and Reddish

Boris Johnson and Tories victorious in 2019 UK election!

UK Results: In the 2019 General election conservatives led by Boris Johnson win large majority, a great victory, BBC Dec 13, 2019. This is a huge victory for Boris Johnson and the Republicans, I mean Tories, in Great Britain!

UK election

Boris Johnson new Tory leader & British PM!

乐动体育APPBoris Johnson wins race to be Tory leader and PM!

Boris Johnson has been elected new Conservative leader in a ballot of party members and will become the next UK prime minister. He beat Jeremy Hunt comfortably, winning 92,153 votes to his rival's 46,656. The former London mayor takes over from Theresa May on Wednesday.

Boris Johnson

In his victory speech, Mr Johnson promised he would "deliver Brexit, unite the country and defeat Jeremy Corbyn.”

Boris Johnson speaking

Speaking at the Queen Elizabeth II centre in London, he said: "We are going to energise the country. We are going to get Brexit done on 31 October and take advantage of all the opportunities it will bring with a new spirit of can do. We are once again going to believe in ourselves, and like some slumbering giant we are going to rise and ping off the guy ropes of self doubt and negativity.” — BBC, July 23, 2019
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Congratulations to Boris Johnson on becoming the new Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. He will be great!
4:29 AM - 23 Jul 2019

Another poorly reported victory for Theresa May!

The BBC has had to struggle to even report the inconvenient and unsavory Parliamentary victory of Theresa May, her Tory MPs, and their allies in the DUP (the Democratic Unionist Party of Northern Ireland) on yesterday’s vote (Tuesday, January 29,2019),

Below is the most informative although still pro-Labor article on the meaning of the vote. The fact is May was able to unite her conservative coalition only two weeks after the conservative defeat so widely reported by the global media. She was able to have MPs support her in her bid to alter the Brexit/backstop deal and renegotiate it with the EU. When the article claims that "she gave in to Brexiteer and DUP demands," the journalist writes as if they were outside political groups exerting pressure. The reality is that they were members of her own MP coalition who insisted that she sticks to the spirit of the referendum without giving too much to the arrogant EU supported by the fifth columnists in Labor and their allies. Read on — MAF:

Brexit: Theresa May scores 'unconventional win' by Laura Kuenssberg, Political editor BBC, Jan 29, 2019

When things seem confusing, make a list. Theresa May was heading for another defeat, but she ended up with an Theresa Mayunconventional win — a win nonetheless. The Tory Party that was visibly split in two a fortnight ago is giving the impression of being largely united, even if that is temporary.

乐动体育APPYet the prime minister only won because she gave into Brexiteer and DUP demands, by making a promise that she can't be sure she can keep — one the EU says at the moment is impossible. Parliament made it clear that it does not want to leave the EU without a deal. Right now, that's not something No 10 is willing to promise.

But MPs could have made that demand more convincingly. Parliament had the option to vote to take control of the Brexit process if the government failed to get it sorted by the end of next month, and it did not. Again, former Remainers failed to coalesce around a single plan. And again, Theresa May has had to budge to keep Brexiteers on board. But that buys her a little more time, and a little more political momentum...

What if a no-deal Brexit?

乐动体育APPBrexit vote: Donald Tusk hints UK should stay in EU — Quick guide: What is a no-deal Brexit?

乐动体育APPA "no-deal" Brexit is where the UK would cut all ties with the European Union overnight.Theresa May's government, and many others, believe this would be hugely damaging and want a more gradual withdrawal. But if Parliament can't agree on that, and nothing else takes its place, the UK will leave without a deal.

This would mean the UK would not have to obey EU rules. Instead, it would need to follow World Trade Organization terms on trade. Many businesses would see new taxes on imports, exports and services, which are likely to increase their operating costs. That means the prices of some goods in UK shops could go up.The UK would also lose the trade agreements it had with other countries as a member of the EU, all of which would need to be renegotiated alongside the new agreement with the EU itself. Manufacturers in the UK expect to face delays in components coming across the border. The UK would be free to set its own immigration controls. However some UK professionals working in the EU and UK expats could face uncertainty until their status was clarified. The European Commission has said that even in a no-deal scenario, UK travellers won't need a visa for short visits of up to 90 days.

The border between Northern Ireland and the Irish republic would become an external frontier for the EU with customs and immigration controls, though how and where any checks would be made is not clear. Some Leave supporters think that leaving without a deal would be positive if the right preparations were made. They say criticism is scaremongering and any short term pain would be for long term gain.

But critics - including both Brexit supporters and opponents - say that leaving without a deal would be a disaster for the UK: driving up food prices, leading to shortages of goods and gridlock on some roads in the South East resulting from extra border checks. BBC, January 16, 2019
The UK should take its chances to get out of the globalist, sovereign-usurping, socialist organization, a weakling bureaucratic paper tiger that is eradicating the last remnants of European civilization.乐动体育APP Look at France, one of the two entities pulling the strings in chaos; and the other, Germany, can not rule without her socialists partners and which considers the right, not her failed immigration policies and criminal illegal aliens, her enemies! Now Emmanuel Macron, just as Louis XVI in 1789 on the eve of the Revolution, is calling the people of France to express their grievances — Cahiers de doléances. We know what happened to France in 1789 and Louis XVI on January 21, 1793!

Macron has also called for an all European Army (EA) to potentially fight Russia and even the US on two fronts. What a laugh! And what would the European Army do with a hard Brexit? Nothing! An American division on the West and another Russian on the East, would be enough to make two EA throw away their guns and run, lol! UK should get out with a hard Brexit. --- MAF

France & Germany the new axis powers?

乐动体育APPFrance and Germany seal new deal as Brexit looms, BBC, January 22, 2018

France and Germany have signed a new treaty on Tuesday aimed at breathing new life into their place at the centre of the European Union. As the UK moves to leave the EU and a rising tide of populism challenges the core liberal values of the bloc, the new treaty commits wholeheartedly to defending it. German Chancellor Angela Merkel highlighted peace and security and backed the emergence of a European army. French President Emmanuel Macron said the challenge was for Europe to become "a shield" against the tumults of the world…
Mrs Merkel also said Germany wants to "make our contribution to the emergence of a European army. We are committed to developing a common military culture, a common defence industry and a common line on arms exports," Mrs Merkel said...

乐动体育APPCentral and Eastern European states have refused to accept German and French leadership on migration. "It is time to oppose the Franco-German axis with an Italian-Polish axis," said Italy's right-wing Interior Minister Matteo Salvini on the day the final treaty draft was announced. He was speaking on a visit to Poland, aiming to challenge France and Germany's dominance in the EU with a Eurosceptic alliance ahead of May elections to the European Parliament…

Theresa May defeats no confidence vote!

UK PM's government survives no confidence vote, BBC News, January 18, 2019: 306 vs 325 government wins by 15.

UK PM Theresa May invites leaders of other parties to meet with her to discuss Brexit, starting tonight, after her instigated by Labor MP & boss Jeremy Corbin.
Of course Corbyn refuses to meet with May making unrealistic demands such as that May guarantees no hard Brexit! The conservative coalition held together reflecting the previous election results (in the article above) and again, although Labor leaders continue to claim victory by attempting to destabilize the government and Brexit, the reality is in the numbers. Conservatives and allies (Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party) cast 325 votes out of their 326 seats against the no confidence vote of Labor (with 261 seats) and its allies, the Scottish secessionist and the Liberal Parties garnering only 305 votes. Let the UK Brexit without agreement and let the European Army invade England, LOL! --- MAF

More bad news for the Democrats!

乐动体育APPIn “Lessons learned from the special election,” Atlanta Journal and Constitution writer Kyle Winfield provided a startling statistical comparison that certainly doesn’t bode well for Democrats.

乐动体育APPIf Winfield’s statement that the “Democrats’ slightly improved showing in 2016 might represent a ceiling, not a trend” wasn’t enough bad news for the Dems, then this startling election comparison should send the Democrats reeling:

“In November [2016], a virtually invisible Democrat named Rodney Stooksbury spent zero dollars and won 124,917 votes against Tom Price. This past week [June 2017], the widely celebrated Ossoff spent $30 million (including PACs) and won 124,893 votes against Handel.”

This means that after all the money they spent, and with the free exhortations of the media, the Democrats got nothing in return.

乐动体育APPEnough said!

Special Election, journalistic ethics!

Some are still calling it "razor thin"(!)and claiming it means Trump's base is increasingly disappointed with him, or it would have been an even wider margin. That, then, is supposed to indicate it will be a cinch for the DEMS to win the midterms in 2018.

Every time you hear a lib speak nowadays, you are astounded, as you thought it couldn't get any more delusional. They still have no idea what the true reasons are that they can't win elections anymore.-ARB
Very true, Adam. So much for journalistic ethics! First, with the polarization of the country with 47% of the citizens dependent on the government dole, 4% points is no razor thin margin anymore! Second, they keep on saying "the most expensive House race in history," while avoiding the fact that it was so because of the DEMOCRAT spending from donations that came 97% from out of state progressives! Third, the bait and switch tactics: It was a close race and a possible Democrat takeover with disapproval of Trump, but now that she lost they have gone back to when compare the election when Tom Price used to win by such large margins, but now this time the "razor-thin" margin! --- MAF

Karen Handel wins! Watch the corrupt media biased reaction!

乐动体育APPThey could not help gloating and rejoiced in reporting the Conservative Party loss of the absolute majority in Britain  — reporting it as a devastating defeat, which it was not, only a misjudgment disappointment. Yes, since the election of Donald Trump in the U.S., the BBC has become as biased as the American media and joined the chorus of the progressive media- liberal bloc along with MSNBC, CNN, and the rest!

乐动体育APPThey were in absolute expectation of victory, already tasting blood in the highly contested Congressional election race in Georgia's 6th District, an open seat vacated when my friend Tom Price went to serve as Secretary of HHS.

乐动体育APPNow at the time of the truly devastating political and psychological defeat for the progressive alliance of Democrats and mainstream media, all that the liberal press, encapsulated in the AP, can come with early in "the morning after" is an empty headline of biased despair:

"Republican Karen Handel wins Georgia special election, avoiding major upset in most expensive House race in US history."

The reported "razor-thin margin" once again turns to a wide margin victory. Another huge win for the GOP! No wonder the cat got the AP's tongue!

And I'm still waiting for the rest of the report... I better check with Fox News!

The most expensive Congressional race ( a special run-off) in history spent as follows:
Republican Karen Handel: $3.2 million
Democrat Jon Ossoff: $22.5 million

These figures come from campaign finance reports filed with the FEC. Moreover, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution analysis showed that only 3.5 percent of Ossoff’s donations came from Georgia, the rest from out of state liberals.

The Brits— Conversation with Charles Richardson

Mr. Charles E. Richardson: Quite a take on the British election. The Conservatives gamble and call for an early election believing they can win more seats. Instead, they end up losing their majority and who do you blame? The media for piling on the irony of the situation. Great spin, though, but too easy a target. A picture, like May's face this morning was worth a thousand words and said it all.
乐动体育APP Dr. Miguel A. Faria: Her gamble, true, but to begin with, who predicted the gain of fifteen or twenty seats, the media! I think Charles you must agree that it is a sobering setback but not a devastating defeat for reasons I described!

Disappointed face and all, the lady did not throw in the towel, but went to the queen and formed a new government! Given time she may become a bit of an iron lady as la Margaret Thatcher!
Mr. Charles E. Richardson: Her gamble for sure. If she didn't think she would gain seats, why call for an election and after every election the party with the most seats has to go see the queen whether they have a majority or not. The lost is only devastating in the sense that she thought she was going to deliver a whooping and instead received one even though not fatal — this time. Have a great weekend.

Mr. Charles E. Richardson is the The Telegraph Opinion Page Editor and Center for Collaborative Journalism, Mercer University, Macon. GA
乐动体育APP Addendum: Dr. Faria: And if becomes devastating, it is not because of the 12 lost seats, but by political infighting & cannibalism within the Conservative Party itself, as we saw with the betrayal of Margaret Thatcher.