Theresa May has announced a snap general election in June.
It has certainly come as a bit of a shock to everybody that this has been announced now, especially given that the Government has said that it would not call for a general election before 2020.
It does make you wonder if a general election is going to cause more stability or less.
However, when you look a bit further into the motives behind this announcement, it makes perfect sense, and shouldn’t really come as a surprise.
Labour are in total disarray with in-fighting causing the party to implode at the moment.
It means there is a huge opportunity for the likes of the Lib Dems, the Greens and UKIP to make inroads into their territory.
And while the other parties potentially fight for second spot, the Tories are unlikely to have much competition out in front. They have a huge opportunity to open up a massive majority and really solidify their advantage in the House of Commons.
This is going to have big implications in terms of Scottish independence as well. I’m sure Theresa May would love it if a few of Nicola Sturgeon’s party’s members lost some of their seats with indyref2 potentially looming.
It really is a smart move. There would always be doubters over her in terms of the fact that she wasn’t elected into this position by the British public. A general election this year gets rid of those doubters and gives her a stronger bargaining position when it comes to issues home and abroad.
Of course, there is a lot for her to lose if the election doesn’t turn out the way she expected. You only need look at David Cameron for that – his stance on opposing Brexit ultimately cost him his job and things didn’t happen exactly as he had planned.
It is difficult to see anything other than a Conservative victory but politics is so unpredictable at the moment that you can’t guarantee anything.
One thing for sure is that this is going to be another huge year in British politics.