A lot of activity here overnight. Here are my thoughts, trying to cover as much ground as I can.
@DonMania both major parties campaigned that they proceed with Brexit. The Liberal Democrats were the main party that was looking to backtrack on Brexit and their vote fell. There is no prospect of stopping Brexit unless something extraordinary happens in the next six months. More on that later.
@IceTemple some people have answered this, but Theresa May was looking to get a mandate for what she called a "Hard Brexit" which basically means becoming a country completely outside the EU. The public were told that it would be a vote around the kind of relationship the country would have with Europe going forward. As others have said, it's likely she was also looking to capitalize on the perceived weakness of other parties. The "terrorist lover" line is very right-wing and rebutted by @Bacchusfox below. If you want to play the man (Corbyn) and not the ball (Policy) then I don't have the time or interest in participating in what tends to be a race to see who can google the most articles that support their pre-existing views. In any case, he is not in charge yet and is unlikely to become Prime Minister.
@simmo41 Perhaps there is a lesson in this for Australian politics. If the major parties adopt the policies of One Nation then One Nation may disappear. Watch this space.
@BLOODSTAINED_DEVILS Things are moving quickly. Most conservatives have closed ranks and aren't speaking to the media. There were some interesting thoughts put forward this morning on radio that I think bear repeating. One of the reasons May called the elections was to get herself a mandate for her government. If she were replaced as leader, the new leader would find themselves in the same situation Theresa May was in six months ago and if the same logic were applied, would call another election to get themselves a mandate. Nobody wants that. Theresa May is said to be determined to stay on and I think the party will rally behind her.
@saladin you're right, we wake to a hung parliament, with nobody 'in charge'. Protocol is that Theresa May will visit the Queen at some point today and inform her of how she intends to form a government. A coalition with the DUP is most likely. A lot of the buzz this morning is around the youth turnout and how that is shifting voting patterns. The youth have come out as generally pro-Corbyn, in urban areas and towns where there are Universities. Also I'm not sure if you're aware, but while Sinn Fein stand for election they refuse to sit in the Parliament in Westminster and it's been that way for basically 100 years. In fact the first woman elected to Parliament was a member of Sinn Fein and thus never sat in Parliament.
If the Conservatives fail to form a Coalition Government, Labour has stated that they would attempt to form a Minority Government and would ask for the minor parties to pass their legislation which would be extraordinary (understatement?). The LDP have learned that a coalition with the Tories won't work for them, hurt them too much last time. SNP vote actually not all bad, yes they lost some seats, but they still won the majority of Scottish seats. They did so well last time (56/59 seats) that this result feels like a big loss (35/59).
@htcman I think that Theresa May's actions around Trump have hurt her. First she rushed to befriend him at the start of the year, then she failed to denounce his political point scoring over the London Bridge terror attacks. She merely said his comments were disappointing which, to borrow a line I heard at the time, is something you might say about a Souffle that failed to rise.
@Bullwinkle I wouldn't write Corbyn off yet although given the tone of your comment it seems clear you don't like him. This election feels like a win for Labour and with the Conservatives in disarray there is the very real prospect that we'll see another election within the next 18 months because the government, thanks to Theresa May, now has a weak negotiating position for Brexit. People don't care about how this election compares to 2010, or Gerrymandered boundaries, or other political point scoring. They care about their own futures and most just want whoever is on government to get their ■■■■ together.
@Reboot Boris Johnson is a very divisive figure here and I think it's unlikely that he'll be considered for a PM role any time soon.
I know this is probably just a throw-away line that maybe seems right because only the highlights (and lowlights) tend to travel around the globe. Unfortunately there is an obsession with gotcha moments and nasty memes that has taken over how people talk about politics. If you only look at the surface, the veneer, the gotcha moments and memes, then yes, it's a pretty sorry bunch. I hear a lot of politicians on the radio every day and some of them are excellent. I think whether or not I've agreed with their policies, May, Corbyn and Cameron have all been flawed, but decent leaders. The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has been outstanding since taking office.