Over the weekend much of the press, that I saw anyway, was to do with either the Royal Wedding, or the FA Cup final. That said, one other thing that did get my attention was a Sunday Times headline about the prospect of another snap election being called this autumn. If this did take place, it would be the at least the fifth time many people had call to go to the polling station since 2015, potentially more if local by-elections had also taken place outside of scheduled local elections. This includes the EU Referendum of 2016.
For anyone that knows me personally, you will likely know that I am fairly opinionated with my views. That said, I do try to keep a level of understanding around other political views, as well as try and keep an understanding of what is important to different people in different places and different circumstances.
I won’t name them, but I was pretty surprised to realise that one of my friends had not been aware of local elections earlier this month and one thing we have typically discussed is ‘voter apathy’ and the general idea that there is simply too many elections and votes for the typical person to keep track of what they are voting for, something I am inclined to agree with. And when voter turnout drops, you are at real risk of ending up with an outcome which is not actually representative of the people.
The basis for this supposed snap election seems fairly tenuous at best currently, largely based around Tory ‘in-fighting’ over the deadlock many Tory members feel Theresa May has gotten EU discussions into. That said, to go down the road which would be needed to call a snap election, and then have to actually go through the election process, is likely something many of the Conservative members will want to avoid actually taking place. Rather they will be making moves behind the scenes, such as the reports of former candidates approaching their local parties to ensure they are listed for further elections, and plenty of posturing by the big names near the top of the party as they seek to make May’s position untenable.
What will be interesting will be the responses or stances taken by the other parties, particularly Labour, the Lib Dems and the SNP. One of the ways a snap election can be called, as I understand it, is by two-thirds of the House of Commons voting for it, and this is typically a way the current Prime Minister may seek to increase their majority. However, if the other larger parties (as above) and a number of Tory backbenchers under the gestures of someone like, say, Jacob Rees-Mogg or Boris Johnson, were to get on board with the idea then it could well come to fruition, though I suspect even the most power hungry Tories must appreciate that Labour would be confident about their own chances of making gains.
Ultimately I do not expect that we’ll be at the polls again before the end of the year, but it is interesting to see all the politics (for want of a better word) going on in the Conservatives at the moment, not that the mainstream media would have you believe there was anything wrong with the Tories compared to, say, the Labour Party. Still, onwards we go.