Five ways British politics is basically just Game of Thrones now

Narjas Zatat@Narjas_Zatat
Friday 24 May 2019 13:15
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*Beware:Game of Thrones spoilers, including who becomes King are in this article.

Theresa May became the second Tory prime minister in the space of three years to resign, after David Cameron.

In an emotional speech delivered at 10 Downing Street, Theresa May teared up as she revealed she will be resigning on 7 June after three failed attempts to get a Brexit deal through.

She ended the speech by saying that the only way her successor can get ahead is by compromising.

Which hasn’t worked out well thus far.

The maelstrom of British politics has often been compared to the Game of Thrones, because let’s be honest, we might not have White Walkers or Cersei Lannister, but we do have the likes of Nigel Farage and Boris Johnson.

Back in January, Michael Gove warned people about winter, directly referencing GoT: “If we don’t vote for the deal tonight, in the words of Jon Snow, ‘winter is coming’,” he said.

I think if we don’t vote for the deal tonight we will do damage to our democracy by saying to people we are not going to implement a Brexit, and the opportunity that all of us have to live up to our democratic obligations is clear.

With that in mind, here are ways British politics rings close to Game of Thrones:

1. No. 10 Downing Street is the throne nobody can hold

Number 10 Downing Street, much like the Iron Throne, has become somewhat of a slippery eel. First David Cameron resigns, after pushing for a referendum that ended up splitting the country in half. And now, after three embattled years on the throne in the seat, Theresa May has bowed out, too.

Yet despite its recent inability to retain a leader, No. 10, much like the Iron Throne, has many contenders.

Joffrey hadn’t held it for long (Picture: HBO)

2. There are multiple leadership claims to the throne

From Joffrey Baratheon (aka Joffrey Lannister), to his royalist mother Cersei; from the Mother of Dragons Daenerys Targaryen to Jon Snow, the last eight seasons of Game of Thrones has demonstrated the fight for the throne is ruthless, with varying degrees of legitimate claims.

Now we look at British politics. Who will take part in the Tory leadership elections to run for PM? Boris Johnson confirmed that in the event of May’s resignation, he intends to run: “Of course I’m going to go for it.”

A divisive figure, there are other names that have been thrown around to be PM: Former Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab is listed at 5/1 at the bookies, with Environment Secretary Michael Gove at 9/1.

The odds also have Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage ahead of Jeremy Corbyn in the race to lead the country. Here are the favourites to place Theresa May.

3. Winter is coming

Eight seasons of Game of Thrones and one thing is abundantly clear from the beginning: Winter is on its way. There is no stopping it, no delaying it. There is only preparing the best way people know how in order to survive.

Sound familiar? Yep, that's right, Brexit is probably Winter. Or, at the very least 'literal winter'. Which will be colder than before because: climate change.

The Night King was coming for, like, eight seasons...akin to Brexit (Picture: HBO) 

4. Scotland, like the North, has had enough

The North has been in a power struggle with Westeros pretty much from the first season. They don't like fighting in Westerosi wars; they don't want to bend their knee to a king. Sansa, as Lady of the North, managed to retain its independence.

As the 31 October Brexit deadline looms ever closer, first minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon said there is a "distinct possibility’ for a Scottish independence referendum if Boris becomes PM. Given that 62 per cent of Scotland voted to remain in the EU, Sturgeon is willing to revisit a referendum to break away from the UK, especially if it keeps them in the EU.

5. Nobody is satisfied with anything.

In the final season, much to the confusion and ire of GoT fans, Bran Stark was voted to be King of the Six Kingdoms by what remained of the noble families.

The ending, much like the current Brexit situation, is a serious point of contention with fans.

Just as people are campaigning to have a do-over of season eight, the British public is campaigning for a Final Say on Brexit.

Let the games begin.

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