Elections in UK: a French perspective

drapeau franceIn a few days, the British will elect their next Prime Minister. The results of this election are nevertheless unclear: Le Figaro, a French rightist newspaper, even wrote that these elections would be “the most uncertain legislative elections of history” (in an article published on the 5th of April). Libération, a French far-leftist newspaper, predicts that “either the Conservatives [with David Cameron as a candidate] or the Labour [with Ed Miliband as a candidate] will win these elections” (in an article published on the 31st of March). The paper additionally considers the possibility of a second coalition, which would enable David Cameron to begin a second mandate. It also adds that “all eyes will be turned towards small parties, which could make the difference at the end of the vote”.

(On the drawing, red represents President Hollande’s political views, notably socialism, whereas blue represents for Prime Minister Cameron’s conservative views).

Therefore, no one can really predict the outcome of these elections. Nonetheless, the French government hopes for the Labour candidate to be elected in order for Europe to have another left-governed country amid the most powerful states of the EU (the German chancellor Merkel is from a rightist party, the CDU). France would have more support in the EU, and French suggestions would be more loudly heard.

David Cameron does have a strong advantage over the Labour’s candidate; in the few past months, the unemployment rate in Britain has fallen, and growth is rising again. Britons would then logically re-elect the Conservative candidate, as he managed to get the United Kingdom out of the economic crisis that it has faced since 2008.

  • – by Marin E.