No matter what your political views; it seems that nobody is completely happy with the outcome of the UK’s General Election 2015.
From first-past-the-post rants, conspiracy theories and a multitude of petitions springing up, everyone is talking about the results and just how unfair they are perceived to be.
Even if you are a member of the Conservatives, the recent protests outside Downing Street probably put a bit of a dampener on things. We’re four days on and the nationwide news, Facebook newsfeeds, and just about every other platform is still discussing and debating the outcome and what it could mean both for the UK and for each other. So, in an effort to look on the positive side of life, here are three undoubtedly positive things about the election.
- Gender Equality – The House of Commons, now includes more female MPs than ever before. While the UK does have it a lot better than many other countries when it comes to gender equality, there is still some way to go. This election has made it so that 29% of MPs are female; with most of the women representing Labour and the SNP. Surely a mix of experiences and perspectives can only be a good thing for politics.
- Engagement – Although on the run up to elections, the campaigns do tend to get a lot of coverage, I feel that this year’s election has seen a surge in engagement. Yes, the media has been particularly active in telling people just how important it is to vote, but I also think there has been a social shift. With the world becoming a more social and digital place, MPs and party leaders have lost some of the control over what photos and live coverage gets put out there. From selfies to warring hashtags, normal people have been able to interrupt the normal polished images and engage with the people behind the posters.
- The Pound went up against the Dollar – OK, not the most exciting news admittedly. However as realisation slowly dawned on the UK that the Conservatives had retained power, the pound saw the biggest single day since 2009. So that’s good news for the markets, transatlantic business men and anyone who fancies a shopping weekend in New York. Happy days.
I admit that I’m by no means an economic analyst, nor have I studied the Conservatives policies and manifesto. But, despite the list being limited to three, it was actually quite hard to find three overall positives from this election. Three positives that could be agreed upon by people from many walks of life. I suppose politics is just like everything else in life; you can’t please everyone, but hopefully these three factors help.