The results of the British General Election were far from what had been predicted, which teaches us once again not to trust opinion polls. Rather than being neck-and-neck with Labor, the Conservatives won with an actual majority (331 seats out of 650), so that PM David Cameron is back in No. 10, with the Queen’s approval. In fact, Cameron does not require a coalition with the Liberal Democrats this time, so he can govern more straightforwardly.
If the main outcome was the victory for the Tories, the secondary results were the trouncing of the Labor Party (232 seats) under Ed Milliband, who resigned, and the LD’s (8 seats) under Nick Clegg, who resigned, and the UKIP ( 1 seat), under Nigel Farrage, who resigned. My take on the election is that there were so many dire predictions of a hung Parliament with no clear majority, that most people took fright and decided to vote for stability. There is also the possibility that many people did not want to see a Jew as PM, and so voted against Labor. In my opinion there is more likelihood of a Black President being elected in the USA than a Jewish PM in the UK (oops, there already was one). Although Milliband did everything he could to separate himself from the Jewish community and Israel, I doubt if it could ever be enough. Certainly Cameron is a much more trusted friend of Israel and so as far as Israel is concerned it’s a great result that he was re-elected. Also, a great result, the two greatest enemies of Israel in Parliament, George Galloway and David Ward, were defeated!
The other major outcome of the election was the overwhelming support for the Scottish Independence Party in Scotland where Labor was trounced and lost many seats, that added to their defeat. Even though the majority of Scots voted against independence for Scotland in the referendum last year, this victory of the SNP in Scotland is tantamount to saying, yes we support Scottish independence. So the irony is that a large number of SNP MPs (56) will be in the British Parliament in London and will be able to influence the outcome of future relations between the component countries of the UK.
Another major outcome of the election will be the referendum promised by Cameron by 2017 of Britain’s membership in the EU. How this will play out and how Cameron will prevent the right wing of his party from leaving Europe will be a major issue in the near future. If the UK did vote to leave the EU it would be a major earthquake in international politics. This vote does signal the British public’s loss of support for left-wing policies and the Scottish public’s preference for an independent Scotland.