Friday, December 13, 2019

Boris Johnson Wins Big

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s gamble to trigger a snap poll on December 12 to unite the Brexit vote paid off magnificently. 

The Conservatives gained support in most corners of England and Wales – and scores of long-held Labour seats fell like ninepins. 

And the final result: Conservatives secured 365 seats, Labour 203 – their worst result since 1935, the Scottish National Party 48, the Liberal Democrats 11, the Democratic Unionist Party 8, Sinn Fein 7, Plaid Cymru 4, the SDLP 2, the Green Party 1, and the Alliance Party 1.

For Tories, it was a convincing victory that comes with a very handsome majority. ‘Twas the party’s best result since Margaret Thatcher’s third election win in 1987, 

The big triumph means Johnson can make sure Brexit happens next month. 

And he proclaimed with immeasurable pride: “Brexit was now the “irrefutable, irresistible, unarguable decision of the British people”. 

For sure, the 2019 election turned out exactly as billed – the Brexit election. And the landscape of British politics shifts – but not necessarily for the better. 

On Thursday, Celtic slipped to their first defeat in seven Europa League games this season when CFR Cluj defeated them 2-0 in Romania. 

With top spot and qualification for the last 32 assured, manager Neil Lennon had opted for a team that lacked game time and, in some cases, experience too.

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