It will take a while for the implications of the Conservative victory to come to fruition, but some things are already clear. The new government is set to introduce three policies which have major implications for the constitution of the United Kingdom:
- withdrawal from the European Convention of Human Rights
- a referendum to leave the European Union, and
- a determination to withdraw the right to vote in Parliament from one of the constituent nations of the United Kingdom (and as a special bonus, denying the third largest party in the commons the power to vote against the government).
Any one of these policies has the potential to go horribly wrong. Taking all three together looks like a sort of military adventure, where every step is designed to ensure pandemonium in case one of the other explosions fails to go off.