The distiller — today’s headlines, summarised and analysed.

Friday 9th June 2017

Good morning


Brief overview: And we are live! What an election cycle. Today’s papers cover last night’s results with varying degrees of surprise, delight and anger. Interestingly, the right-wing papers have turned on May in some fashion — et tu, Murdoch?

The Daily Mail

Political leaning: Right

Today’s leading headline: Theresa on ropes as her big gamble backfires.

Today’s paper talks of the knife edge that Theresa May now finds herself on, having failed to achieve a majority during yesterday’s elections. The Tories lost seats and their majority. These seats were snapped up by Labour and we now have a hung parliament.

The ‘gamble’ refers to May’s decision to call a snap election, despite claiming she wouldn’t. Polling at the time was heavily in favour of the Tories, and punishing on the disorganised Labour party. Prior to today, the Mail had affectionately referred to the Conservative campaign errors as a ‘wobble’.

Afterthought: Alas, politics and the media are fickle beasts. Support comes and goes, and today’s Mail reflects its anger at how May could have blown away such a heavy lead. It wasn’t just the Tories who lost seats; in the north, the SNP have been routed across Scotland. As time goes on, we will be able to understand just what happened. It is too early now to make accusations without the supporting data.

The Daily Telegraph

Political leaning: Right

Today’s leading headline: Shock for May as exit polls point to hung parliament.

Today’s paper reflects the shock many pundits felt as last night’s exit polls were announced. They showed huge Tory losses, and large Labour gains. As we now head into the reality of having a hung parliament, the paper warns that the result could have potentially jeopardised future Brexit negotiations as well as casting serious doubts over the ability of May to govern her party.

Afterthought: As of yesterday morning, polling put the Conservatives ahead. However, their decrease in support has grown exponentially throughout the campaign, as May and her team had a series of blunders. The statistics of the youth vote are as of right now not known, but they may have proved to be hugely significant.

The Times

Political leaning: Right

Today’s leading headline: May’s poll nightmare.

Today, The Times follow the example of the majority of papers: heavily critiquing the Conservative outcome after yesterday’s election. The paper highlights Clegg of the Liberal Democrats losing his seat. Finally, the sub headers talk of multiple high ranking figures calling for Mrs May’s resignation after losing the Tories the house majority.

Afterthought: Someone is going to have to come forward and take the hit for the Conservatives. At the time of the snap election being called, they had a majority in the house and an average of a 17-point lead. Over the course of the campaign, they dropped the ball, and have now lost house majority.

The Guardian

Political leaning: Left

Today’s leading headline: Exit poll shock for May.

The Guardian highlights the shock result today, broadening its horizons beyond just England as it notes the SNP’s significant losses in Scotland. The paper states that Labour are on track to have gained 34 seats in Commons, at a huge loss for the Tories.

Afterthought: Across the country, various political parties have reacted in shock to today’s results. Both the SNP and Conservative party will need to look at how they could have managed to throw such a significant lead into such disarray. Pundits from all over the spectrum have chipped in with their two cents: if there is one thing this naïve 21 year old recommends, it is to wait for the data to come out before we jump to conclusions.

The i

Political leaning: Centre

Today’s leading headline: Shock exit poll leaves Britain hanging

The i emphasises the shock at Labour’s gains and the Conservatives losses after yesterday’s general election. The paper notes that the same exit poll conducted by the BB, ITV and Sky successfully and accurately forecast the results in 2015. The paper notes that May’s decision to hold a snap election seems to have backfired.

Afterthought: The i notes that this result has sent shockwaves through ‘political classes’. The next few weeks should prove fascinating, as we watch both parties react to an election for which neither predicted the outcome.

The Daily Mirror

Political leaning: Left

Today’s leading headline: Cor Blimey

Today’s Mirror ridicules May for her decision to call the snap election, and her terrible performance in it. Like the others, it notes its shock about the election’s outcome. The paper also suggests that due to the weak result, May’s job is now ‘one the line’.

Afterthought: I wish there was a petition to ban using that would ban forever the use of puns in headlines. Please just stop it. Please.

Financial Times (UK)

Political leaning: Centre

Today’s leading headline: May’s gamble backfires as voters reject bid for stronger mandate.

Today’s FT hones in on May and her weak campaign. The paper states that the outcome ‘appeared to have triggered another period of turmoil in British politics’, as Brexit negotiations came under threat. In light of yesterday’s exit polls, the pound fell against the dollar. The FT raises questions regarding May’s future as Prime Minister.

Afterthought: Whilst many are celebrating or saddened by the result of the election, real questions now need to be asked as to how Britain will negotiate its way through Brexit. We now face a hung parliament, and bandying around slogans and catchphrases won’t help Britain as we march towards the split from our European friends.

The Sun

Political leaning: Right

Today’s leading headline: Theresa Dismay.

Murdoch’s Sun today reflects its anger over the result. The paper states that Britain has now been ‘plunged into political chaos’ on the back of the result, and calls May’s decision to have called the snap election in the first place a ‘gamble’. This gamble in their eyes has been a ‘disaster’.

Afterthought: Throughout this whole election cycle the Sun has pushed an anti- left wing agenda, whilst pushing its readers to vote Tory. The result seems to have infuriated the paper.


Final Thought

News shouldn’t tell you how to feel. The news should present facts, and allow you to formulate your own opinion. Regardless of your political affiliation, try and read beyond the headlines that most of these papers push on you, from the left and the right. We are in for a couple of exciting weeks folks.

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