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I won’t pretend to understand British politics, so I’ll just make a few comments.

I get that PM Teresa May miscalculated by calling an early election to consolidate power and instead lost her clear majority, so that now she has to coalition with right wing Irish religious fanatics who used to commit terrorism.  But she still hold power.  For now.

I get that Corbyn brought his party from the 20 point deficit in polling gain seats and all of the sudden all the Blairist MPs who voted against him are falling over themselves to sing his praises so that now he’ll probably get at least one shot at being elected P.M.  They probably still hate the fact that a leader well to the left of Bernie Sanders owns the Labour Party for the moment.  So a win for him personally, and Jon Pie is right – “New Labour” is dead.  For the moment. Nothing is ever permanent in politics, with a few exceptions like the death of the Whig Party.

But the Tories, though weakened, are still in power.  And Brexit is still happening.

I wonder though.  Given that the Tories were expected to win a bunch of seats as recently as a few days ago, and Corbyn did apparently take a big chunk of the working class Brexit vote – did Trump’s tweets against the Mayor of London (in the moment of crisis where Britain needed unity) trigger some British nationalism against Trump and by association May?  May did criticize Trump (without mentioning his name) for the comments.  None of the British pundits claim to understand the Corbyn surge.

Lastly, for those on the left who slam the electoral college because the results don’t always conform to the voting results, note that the conservatives still have a large advantage in MPs even though both parties received about 40 percent of the vote.  Geographic representation has the same potential skew results – Labour was actually ahead for much of the night even as they had fewer MP district wins.  Some of it has to do with the collapse of the Scottish National Party which split votes with Labour in Scotland, but it also has to do with the fact that some British conservative areas are like the deep South and Labour is splitting votes with Liberals and other parties.  Also, the right wing UKIP collapsed as their supporters voted Tory – which was one of the anticipated factors in May calling for an early election.

I think calling it a “win” is a stretch, but it’s probably a turning point and should have Trump supporters a bit worried.  A bit.

Here’s the BBC results map.

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