On Thursday, May 7, 2015 millions of UK voters turned out to cast their ballots in an election that could determine their country’s role in Europe and the world. Defying the predictions of pundits and pollsters who called for a close race, Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservative Party emerged with a decisive victory, gaining enough seats (331 seats out of 650) in Parliament to form a majority government.
It was a remarkable win for those wanting to lessen the role the UK plays in the European Union and reexamine the issue of Scottish independence and a blow to those who favored a dominant British influence in Europe.
Mistakenly, however, Republicans in the United States are hailing the UK Conservative Party win as evidence justifying their ‘death of liberalism worldwide’ narrative citing the defeat of the British Labour Party in favor of British Conservatives. In actuality, US Republicans and UK Conservatives are miles apart on nearly every issue from civil rights, the role of government, healthcare, campaign finance, gun laws, immigration, education, global warming, renewable energy, science, to military usage and global influence.
UK Conservatives have modernized their party and largely abandoned the oppressive agenda of mixing government and religion to legislate morality. If anything, their recent win is a credit to their efforts in reaching out to people, learning from diversity, and abandoning bigotry.
Foolhardy as it may be for US Republicans to equate their party with the British Conservative Party, many Republicans will cite the UK election proof that their brand of ‘in your face – Jesus was a gun toting, gay hating, Republican’ is gaining popularity worldwide.
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