May doesn’t ‘regret’ calling election
Enfeebled UK Prime Minister Theresa May (pictured) has admitted that she “shed a tear” when she saw the surprise exit poll on the June 8 general election night while claiming that she did not regret calling the disastrous contest.
She told the state-funded broadcaster that she was “shocked at the result that had come through” and that it “took a few minutes” to sink in, which was an experience that was replicated across the UK.
May remarkably said she still felt it had been the right thing to do to call the election: “I don’t regret calling it, I think it was the right thing to do at the time. I’d called it because of concerns about how we were going to go forwards, particularly on Brexit.”
Asked whether she was tearful, the humiliated premier: “Yes, a little tear, at that moment … It was when I heard the exit poll. To be honest with you, I didn’t actually watch the exit poll myself – I have a little bit of superstition about things like that.
“My husband watched it for me and came and told me and I was shocked at the result that had come through in the exit poll. It took a few minutes for it to sort of sink in, what that was telling me.
“My husband gave me a hug and then I got on the phone to CCHQ, the Conservative Party, to find out what had happened.”
May said that up until the surprise, but incredibly accurate, exit poll she had been told that she was on course for a good result.
The blundering May, who called the general election without consulting anyone beyond her immediate advisers in the belief she would greatly expand her majority of 17, was reportedly met with a “stony silence” when she arrived at the Conservative headquarters later in the night.
A Conservative staff member, according to the Daily Mirror, vomited as the results came in.
May said today [Thursday] she took “responsibility” for the result and that there was “more” she could have done to address voters’ concerns.
May, who ran what is widely regarded as the worst general election campaign by any major party leader since at least 1983, claimed the result was “about the balance of messages within a campaign”.
“When it came to the actual result there were a lot of people within the party who had been very close to the campaign who were genuinely shocked by the result as it came through. We didn’t see it coming, I don’t think many people in the Labour Party saw it coming,” the bungling prime minister told the BBC.
May, rather improbably, said she did not regret calling the disastrous election. “If you look at the result we took seats that the Conservative Party have never held before, like Mansfield,” she explained, audibly clutching at straws.
“No regrets” UK Prime Minister Theresa May. Picture credit: Flickr