On May 7 this year, the British public headed to the polls to vote in a knife-edge election. Although many expected it to be a draw, the public ultimately handed the crown to the Conservative party (also known as the Tories). It was a clear win, and one the markets took to be a vote for stability. But that’s only half the story. Even as the nation rallied round the Tories, the election threw up some very awkward questions about British politics. These questions suggested that the UK political system is outdated at best and downright messed up at worst.
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“When you have anti-English, pro-European nationalists in Scotland and anti-European, pro-British nationalists in England, spiced up with a few anti-English, pro-European nationalists in Wales and of course, the anti-each-other, pro-whatever your having yourself, British and Irish nationalists in that blissfully incoherent chunk of Ulster – Northern Ireland, you know you’re not in the old UK.