UK Elections: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

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UK Elections: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

UK General Election

Conservative Party Policies

  • Austerity measures implemented by David Cameron led to cuts in government services, affecting deprived areas and vulnerable families.
  • The decision to hold the Brexit vote, despite Cameron's opposition, resulted in his resignation and left Theresa May to deal with the aftermath.
  • Theresa May struggled to negotiate a Brexit deal and faced criticism for her leadership skills.
  • Boris Johnson secured a Brexit deal but faced criticism for his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and involvement in scandals.
  • Liz Truss had a brief and unsuccessful tenure marked by a disastrous budget proposal and peculiar speaking style.

Impact of Conservative Policies

  • Austerity measures and welfare reforms have led to increased use of food banks, malnutrition, and nutritional deficiencies.
  • The NHS is understaffed and underfunded, resulting in long waiting lists and many British citizens seeking medical treatment in Europe.
  • Brexit has increased bureaucracy and costs for businesses trading with the EU, causing many to relocate to mainland Europe.
  • The UK's economic growth has been slower compared to the US and the EU since the 2008 financial crisis.

Upcoming Election and Public Sentiment

  • The upcoming election presents an opportunity for change, but Labour Party leader Keir Starmer's proposed policies are seen as insufficiently bold by some.
  • The British public appears relatively apathetic about the election, with many expecting a Labour victory.
  • The author emphasizes the importance of removing the Conservative Party from power and suggests that the British people should celebrate this potential change.

Other Information

  • The United States will celebrate its Independence Day on July 4th.
  • The show will be off for the next few weeks.
  • The next episode will air on July 21st.

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