Oh Snap!

‘’I’m not going to be calling a snap election.  I’ve been very clear that I think we need that    period of time, that stability “- says Theresa May, in September 2016 whilst appearing on the BBC’s flagship political show with Andrew Marr.

Yet, on the 18th of April 2017 our Prime Minister stood outside 10 Downing Street and announced that our nation would face a snap election on the 8th of June 2017. May, concluded that this was the only way to “guarantee certainty and stability for the years ahead’’.  

I woke up so confused that morning, another election after Brexit?! Theresa May, made it very clear in several interviews before and after September 2016 that the next election would be in 2020, which would be the General Election. Quite frankly I’m tired of voting, the feeling of excitement for an election is no longer really present within me. However, according to sources from the cabinet office website, over 2 00,000 people under 25 have registered to vote since the snap election was called. So maybe I’m alone on the tiredness, which is great! After all we need more young people in United Kingdom engaging in politics and to be more aware of the social, economic and political issues that we face as a nation. Voting gives us the power to create the change we want.

Many weren’t too sure how efficiently and whether the opposition party would respond to Theresa May‘s call for an election. Political experts argue that the Labour Party is fairly weak at the moment to win a general election and should form an alliance with small parties.  Is Theresa May, taking advantage of the position of the Labour Party at the moment in order to claim she won fair and square? Fear not, Jeremy Corbyn confidently responded to the unexpected news via twitter. Corbyn made a statement claiming that “Labour will be offering the country an effective alternative to a government that has failed to rebuild the economy, delivered falling living standards and damaging cuts to our schools and the NHS”. What a statement!  It has been 10 years since we last had a labour government, could the snap election mean a return for Labour?

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Since the instigation of article 50, the foresight of the country’s economy still remains ambiguous even for the top economist. The whole negotiation process will take a couple of years or even more to finalise effectively. Also it is important to take into account that in the political realm, Theresa’s opponents will be putting pressure on her to call for elections since she was not democratically elected by the country but rather ascended to the throne through the abdication of the former Prime Minister David Cameron.

Although, at first I wasn’t too sure what to make of the situation .I think it’s a smart move to call for the early election before any instability within economy which will give the opposition an advantage and also amount pressure on her to call for an early election. If the Conservative party is elected by voters next month this will give her the full mandate for another five years. Theresa May, is in a strong position now so why not.

Politics is a dirty business at the end of the day…..

Register to vote now ! https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

And read all Party manifesto before making that very bold decision

By Olivia- Dorcas Okyere

@oliviadorcas

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