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Urubu · 09/06/2017 19:32

Please let me start by saying I am not starting a political debate, the results are now in.

My question is, why are Labour voters saying they are happy? Labour didn't win, did they? So they won't be able to implement what they planned to, correct?

I am foreign, this is a genuine question. I am starting to think I misunderstood the result Confused

I was scared about a small number of Labour's proposals and when I saw the result I thought good, now they won't put these in place AND as an added bonus, it will be difficult for Tories to do their most extreme measures because they don't have an absolute majority so we will have a "soft" Tory government.

Where am I wrong??

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Moussemoose · 09/06/2017 19:34

Grammar schools - no chance nowGrin

Northgate · 09/06/2017 19:39

as an added bonus, it will be difficult for Tories to do their most extreme measures because they don't have an absolute majority

^^ Mainly this bit, I think.

Benedikte2 · 09/06/2017 20:22

Labour did much better than was hoped -- no chance of an outright win so this is the best result. It means that TM did not get the mandate she was asking for so the Tories will have to pay some attention to other points of view. Also TM s position isn't as strong so other Conservative MPs who do not favour hard Brexit will have more influence

PunjanaTea · 09/06/2017 20:31

Why do people think there is no chance of grammar schools? The Tories are relying on getting their policies over the line by enlisting the help from the DUP who are very, very in favour of grammar schools.

acquiescence · 09/06/2017 20:34

It represents a shift in mindset of the population as a whole. It is a massive contrast to the anticipated landslide Tory win. Labour received almost the same percentage of votes as the tories and a higher percentage of votes then they received when they won in 1997. There will be more labour MPs in the House of Commons to influence policy. Labour did much, much better than they hoped and the tories did much, much worse.

nocake · 09/06/2017 20:36

Labour started a long way behind in the polls and the election was nothing more than an attempt at a power grab. TM has seen that blow up in her face and now has to grovel to the DUP to get anything done. Given the expectations at the start of the campaign this is a great result for Labour.

It also means a hard Brexit is out of the window as the DUP don't want a hard border across Ireland and want to remain in the single market.

justinhawkinsnavalfluff · 09/06/2017 20:38

Mainly because it wiped the smug smile off her face! 😊

YogiYoni · 09/06/2017 20:39

It's a great result! TM called this election as she expected a landslide. She has lost seats against the man she saw as unelectable. She wanted a mandate for a hard brexit. She didn't get it. She wanted a mandate to continue pushing through huge cuts to health and education. Didn't get it. She's going to have to talk to other parties to get agreement now.

Basically, it sends her a message against austerity.

Trifleorbust · 09/06/2017 20:41

I'm happy because this election made progressive politics viable again. Six months ago, media commentators were predicting the demise of my beloved Labour Party. That now looks laughable. The momentum is with Corbyn, an honest old man who makes young people get their arses to the polling station.

Hassled · 09/06/2017 20:46

No, Labour didn't win but they're happy because the Tories didn't win either - or at least not the massive majority everyone predicted. Labour came from so far behind that where they've ended up really is a cause for celebration (if you're Labour).

Urubu · 09/06/2017 21:07

I get it, it makes sense, thank you.
I am curious to see how it goes in the coming months now.
Off to educate DH who is as clueless as I was!

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acquiescence · 09/06/2017 22:31

A nice thread! On politics! Well done all, a pleasure to see.

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