The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, simply known as the United Kingdom or Great Britain or simply Britain or whatever you might like to call it. However, in this article I will use a different name to refer this kingdom. Let’s do this in a British style sentence. “I shall call this kingdom, the Hung kingdom.”
Now most of the well informed readers might guess the word “Hung” I used might refer to the recent hung parliament formed in Britain. Well, they have guessed correct, but the term “the Hung Kingdom” does not only refers to the hung parliament in Britain. It actually goes beyond that. So lets get into the details and explore this Hung Kingdom.
The Shocking Snap Elections And The DUP
The United Kingdom had actually turned into the Hung Kingdom, when Theresa May announced the snap elections in her speech, in April this year. However, officially the United Kingdom was converted into the Hung Kingdom on 8 June 2017. The date when the snap elections were held. The conservatives who had thought of having an enormous majority in the parliament. Actually, lost their existing majority and had to form a coalition with the DUP.
The Democratic Unionist Party or simply DUP. Is a regional political party based in Northern Ireland. A party not loved by the left. Since they are against abortions, same sex marriages, supporters of creationism and other things the left does not like. However, the left ranting against the DUP is not the concern. Since many English people are still today, conservatives. The real concern related with DUP is their links with terrorists groups such as the Loyalists.
The Loyalists or the Loyalist Volunteer Force is a small Ulster paramilitary group in Northern Ireland. It is a protestant group which is against the Catholics generally but consider the Republic of Ireland (especially the IRA) a bigger enemy due to the events occurred during the Northern Ireland Conflict (or The Troubles). They oppose the Irish Republic and support Northern Ireland being part of Britain.
Moreover, they are linked to a bigger organization, the Ulster Defense Authority or simply UDA, is the largest Ulster loyalist group in Northern Ireland. This is a designated terrorist organization in the United Kingdom. The UDA along with other Ulster loyalist groups. Is responsible for almost 260 killings, according to the Conflict Archive on the Internet (CIAN). Among the killed, 80% are civilians.
So the most interesting part is that DUP has direct support from the UDA. During the recent UK snap elections. The UDA openly endorsed three DUP candidates and encouraged their own supporters to vote for them. The three candidates endorsed by the UDA were Nigel Dodds, Gavin Robinson and Emma Little-Pengelly. Despite the support from Ulster loyalist type groups. The DUP has denied any links with such kind of paramilitary groups.
So now you might have some idea that with whom the conservative party under Theresa May have formed a coalition with. I hope now you can also better understand that what I mean when I say the Hung Kingdom but wait there is still plenty more to come.
Crazy Brexit Negotiations and A Double-Dip Recession Threat
If you think the Hung Kingdom is all about the hung parliament formed due to Theresa May’s shocking snap elections. Which eventually led the ruling party to form a coalition with a protestant conservative party which has links with crazy ultra nationalist groups. Then you have underestimated the Hung Kingdom, this kingdom has plenty to offer when it comes to different types of crisis.
Apart from the political crisis in the country. An old crisis, the 2008 global financial crisis, is still continuing. It has been nine years, since the year 2008 and the country has still not yet fully recovered from that crisis. The previous unresolved financial crisis and instead of a decent economic recovery, the country is headed back to another recession. This scenario is leading to a double-dip recession.
Moreover, last year Brexit has triggered a new economic uncertainty. Well the interesting part is Brexit itself is not the reason of this economic uncertainty. The undefined Brexit negotiations between the European Union and theHung Kingdom, is the reason of this economic uncertainty situation.
The people of Britain or shall I say the English have decided to leave the European Union. Since the English community has voted with a massive majority in favor of Brexit. Where as, people from other regions such as the Scottish have voted against the Brexit referendum. Anyways, The people might have decided what they want, but sadly the politicians of the Hung Kingdom still can not decide what they want.
The minority (or hung) government has told the people of Britain that they will leave, but one question still they can not answer. How will Britain leave the European Union? To answer this question the Brexit negotiations begun. However, the officials of the European Union in Brussels, have now entered the state of boredom. Since the European officials end up killing flies during the Brexit negotiations because the majority of the time the British are absent and even if they do appear on the negotiating table, their officials are with no significant representations. The European Union officials have even requested the British to please negotiate with them, since they can not negotiate with themselves alone.
The political elite of the Hung Kingdom is extremely divided on how to leave the European Union. The Conservatives, Labour, DUP, Liberal Democrats, UKIP and every other political party have a different opinion on the departure of Britain from the European Union. Since the British could still not figure out a proposal, the European Union officials decided to get out of this boredom by themselves alone. The European Union eventually triggered Article 50 of the Lisbon treaty and finally on 30 March 2019, The Hung Kingdom will leave the European Union. Well, even after an official announcement of the date of departure from the European Union. The great and genius politicians of the Hung Kingdom have still not figured out the process in which they will leave the European Union.
Well these crazy unbelievably still on going Brexit negotiations have increased the economic uncertainty in the country. Let’s come back to the double-dip recession now, which I mentioned earlier. The economic stats are turning into a real crisis. UK’s public debt of GDP has increased to 89.3%. In 2016 the GDP per capita has fallen to $40,093, which was $46,484 in 2014. The decent economic growth of 3.1% in 2014 has fallen to 1.8% in 2016. The projected growth rate of Britain this year is to further drop 1.6% and in 2018 it will be down to 1.3% (source).
Well, in 2014 Britain was expected to be on the path of an economic revival, but now it seems to be on the path of another financial crisis under the title of the Hung Kingdom. After a recession if an economy in its recovery phase instead of bouncing back. Dips into another recession, is called a double-dip recession and this is the economic faith the Hung Kingdom is rushing towards.
The Social Crisis
By now you can understand that the great Hung Kingdom has already brought both political and economic crises. However, there is still another crisis left, which the Hung Kingdom has to offer, the social crisis. Sectarian conflicts between the Christian community and the Muslim community is on the rise. Furthermore, due to DUP’s rise to power, many seem to fear a come back of catholic and protestant tensions in Britain. Moreover, the recent clashes between the liberals and the conservatives on the political front can also cause civil unrest. The recent Grenfell Tower fire has opened a class a debate in the kingdom. As many of the residents of the Grenfell Tower belonged to the middle or lower class income earners. As the safety regulations were not implemented fully on the tower and there were also later corruption allegations on the management of Grenfell Tower.
The recent growing acid attacks in Britain by unknown groups have already become an epidemic in the country. In 2016 more than 450 acid attacks were conducted, the majority of the victims being Muslims. These acid attacks on Muslims shows how day by day life is getting difficult for them in the horrific Hung Kingdom. Colin Horner, a member of the UDA and an activist in Northern Ireland was shot dead in March this year. Many think it is because of the internal feud within the UDA. This indicates, since DUP is now a part of the government. Hence, the UDA is on the rise and this means the once stopped killings are coming back.
In the post Brexit era. Britain has a hung parliament, a chance of a revival of old tensions in Northern Ireland, continuing economic crisis, growing acid attacks on a selective community, independence aspirations growing in the Scottish public, the rise of the far right, also the rise of the far left and still no proper plan made to leave the European Union. In short, the Hung Kingdom is headed towards a complete disaster.
However, despite all these horrific facts the most startling fact is that in this moment of turmoil, Theresa May is the prime minister of the Hung Kingdom. If you do manage to create a glimmer of hope for Britain, it soon fades away the moment you realize a hypocrite politician like Theresa May is leading the nation.
Finally, I would like to say that if this minority government remains till 2019 (the official year of Brexit). Then I can only dedicate the song “London bridge is falling down ” to the British. The most tragic part is even if the British get rid of this prime minister and the current minority government. There is no guarantee that the kingdom will be saved. Britain once an unchallenged superpower. Once held a colony in every continent of the world. The birthplace of the Industrial Revolution and many philosophies. A center of knowledge and education. The country which made the west a powerhouse it is today. However, now in 2017, Britain is reduced to just a Hung Kingdom.
I would like to conclude this article referring to an old joke about London becoming a city-state. Well if you look what has become of Britain today. The great Hung Kingdom can turn that joke into reality.