Today, 8 June, is the General Election day in the United Kingdom. Prime Minister Theresa May called the election three years earlier than scheduled, officially to strengthen her position in negotiations for Britain to leave the European Union. Initially, it was assumed by most observers that May’s Conservative Party would easily be returned with an increased majority, not least because the opposition parties were thought to be divided and unelectable, with Labour Party leader, Jeremy Corbyn, in particular dismissed as holding unpopular and out-of-date ideas. However, politics is a funny thing and during the course of the election campaign, May’s attempts to sell her party as a ‘one woman band’ led by a strong ‘Margaret Thatcher Mark II’ have not gone down well, while old-fashioned socialist Corbyn’s anti-austerity policies have won him support. Of course, there is nothing new in politics, as a couple of old cartoons that use the hackneyed rowing metaphor show.