The United Kingdom, and the world, wake up to an unexpected future after the General Election returns a hung parliament with no party holding enough seats to form a government.
The polls also closed in Goth Election 2017 with an oddly less-than-round figure of 199 votes cast. Our results somewhat reflect the new British political system, but there also massive departures. For one, turn-out at Goth Election 2017 is down considerably, whereas the UK turn-out rose by 2%, largely on the backs of the under-represented 18-24 age group.
The main parties vote share has shifted considerably. Most noticeably the Goths have deserted the Green Party for Labour, again reflecting the national trend which saw the third-party Greens – who took over a million votes in 2015 – fall to less than 600,000 votes nationwide.
Labour have more than doubled their vote amongst left-leaning Goths, and would have an easily comfortable majority in the (Haunted) House of Commons in 2017. Against them, The Tories lost ground, coming fifth in a ranking of all parties – but still performing better than the 2015 Goth Election, when more people would rather spoil their ballot than vote for David Cameron!
Also on the right, UKIP were as devastated in the Goth Election as they were in the UK vote, plunging three percent in the share to near-obscurity. They were only saved from complete dissolution by Plaid Cymru, Sinn Fein and the Democratic Unionist Party all of whom polled no votes at all. Interestingly, the DUP seem poised to be the Tories salvation in Westminster, signalling a willingness to vote in support of a minority government around Theresa May… or her successor!
North of the border, SNP performance was mirrored in the Goth Election where they slipped from third to fourth ranking, behind a surprise resurgent Lib Dem vote from the Goths. Again, this is reflected in Parliament where the traditional third-party choice (and reluctant coalition partners with Cameron’s Tories previously) has had at best a mixed-bag of results, including the loss of former party leader Nick Clegg’s Sheffield Hallam seat but unexpected gains elsewhere.
Once again, our brief survey points towards a broadly left-leaning political stance in the Goth subculture, with traditional right-wing holdouts still stubbornly voting albeit in reduced numbers.
The United Grimdom would return a Gothernment with a very strong mandate for Jeremy Morbid and his Labour (After Midnight) Party, and that concludes both our election coverage and dreadful puns for 2017.