17 May 2015

In like a lion, out like a lamb

[Originally posted on Storify]

This morning, after the shocking results of the UK general election, there was a familiar feeling in the air--a feeling akin to the morning of 4 November, 2004.

2004 US Presidential election

Going for coffee on that bright Los Angeles morning, everything felt wrong. The disappointment and despair in the air was palpable. People's usual chipperness was replaced with a mixture of shock and disbelief.

This morning, a decade later and continent apart, it happened again--another surprising win for the conservative party. And again, I saw that same mixture of shock and disbelief on people's faces.

Yesterday, Britons went to the polls to elect the next five years of government--but this wasn't a typical election--it was a historic one.

Described as a 'political tsunami', this election rewrote the political map of the United Kingdom.

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