Losers

Another quiet week in UK politics. Unexpected results are now par for the course, such that they aren’t so unexpected anymore. However, when things don’t go as planned, there are inevitably winners and losers, blame and hubris. It’s a tie for who the biggest loser is. Theresa May (13 seats lost), who made this campaign about herself must surely shoulder the blame and her future as PM looks uncertain. The darling of the 2015 elections, Nicola Sturgeon, is also licking her wounds (21 seats lost), including that of Alex Salmond. UKIP has largely been erased, and mixed fortunes for the Lib Dems saw Nick Clegg lose his seat. Perhaps the biggest loser in all of this is the UK public, who now likely face months of uncertainty, a slowdown in investment and the prospect of returning to the polls later this year to an equally uncertain outcome.