The Massacre Of Election Night

Nick Clegg leader of the Liberal Democrats, said his party was an anchor to Labour or the Tories. Offering various body parts too, brain or heart, as needed. The British electorate responded to the thought of this Frankenstein’s monster coalition by throwing 90% of his MPs overboard. The body part shown to Nick Clegg was the finger.

The least he could do, despite holding on to his seat in Sheffield, was to go down with the sinking ship. It was not liberalism that died at the polls. It died as a national party with the coalition.

Ed Balls, the Labour Shadow Chancellor, lost his seat by about 400 votes. Labour leader Ed Miliband did worse than Gordon Brown. Worse than 2010, following a financial crisis and a leader publicly calling a pensioner a bigot for worrying about immigration. One million people are now using food banks. Disabled people are dead, while a letter comes through their letter box saying they are fit to work.

Those things mattered not as much as these issues for the electorate: ensuring a commitment to pay off the National Debt with big deficit cuts, challenging the SNP in the House of Commons who claimed they would boss a Labour Minority government, and finally letting the British electorate have a say on Europe.

David Cameron has a majority government. I had an inkling it was going to be their night, but not this outright majority. Family members and people I know in care industry were voting Conservative because of those three big issues above – especially regarding SNP. Having voted for the Liberal Democrat (one of those wiped out) candidate in a constituency where Labour only get 5%,  I saw a dead baby chick in the road outside the polling station. The omens and what people were saying, were clear enough.

Ed Miliband has now resigned as well as I write. Labour failed to grasp and deal with realities about narrative on the economy. They failed to look credible as a Government in waiting. Stone pledges, milifandom, proud not to have responded to a tyrant launching chemical weapons, failing to acknowledge national debt was rising under Labour before the financial crisis.

In some ways it is a relief that we do have a majority government, as I wrote in April to avoid the poisoned chalice the SNP offered Miliband. How Sturgeon could say she offered to lock out the Tories with Labour, while advocating the English go out and vote Green  which would prevent effectively doing that. Yet with just one Labour MP, one Conservative MP, one Liberal Democrat MP ultimate victory in Scotland is Sturgeon’s. The massacre of Labour senior MPs was something to behold as the leader of Scottish Labour Murphy went and shadow foreign secretary Alexander to a university student.

David Cameron has to play this well against the SNP, and he has the hand to do it, all be it with a small overall majority. Will he now push for a federal United Kingdom with devo Max to save the Union, or will SNP exploit any chinks that he will be the last UK Prime Minister? Will we end up leaving the EU? Who will be the new Prime Minister when Cameron steps down during this term?

The biggest problem Cameron will have is a leadership candidate wanting to use those above issues to force a leadership contest sooner rather than later. That consideration should rule out thoughts that a Conservative majority will guarantee stability. The political manoeuvring and planning was probably happening as the champagne flowed for the Conservatives.

As David Cameron meets the Queen to confirm he will form a government, the electorate have spoken. Their will be done, and has been to devastating effect. The Conservatives now this second have a majority with 326 MPs, with seven more results to come.

On VE Day, it is a Conservative victory in England and therefore in the House of Commons.

The cartoon of my tweet  was done live here.

Article written by John Sargeant on Homo economicus’ Weblog

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4 responses to “The Massacre Of Election Night

  1. I voted libdem and I was devastated when the overall majority for the Tories became clear but I would hardly be dancing in the street if Ed Miliband was given the top job. I guess I just hoped long term a bit of chaos and those at the top having to change the way they do politics would be so much better for shaping future elections.
    I wish Nick Clegg had held on to his integrity – I think he’d be celebrating today although they may not have had the opportunity to push through many great policies. We need a new political party to vote for next time round becasue the whole system is a joke. New parties doing things differently and a new electoral system, until then it’s hard to feel anything other than resigned to the rich and powerful telling everyone else that things are better staying as they are.

  2. Dreadnaught

    I’m glad we got a positive result without the need of compromising alliances. The UK is more important than any separate nation within. The people of Scotland have spoken for the vast majority UK-wide that Westminster Bubble politics is no longer acceptable. All Countries and all voters matter.
    Respect for democracy has to be delivered and that can only come from electoral reform. With that, European MPs must be brought under scrutiny and aligned with domestic politics and accountability. A Third observable Chamber is necessary and a shift away from the Palace of Westminster to a brand new building, centrally located designed for the next 100 years is my preferred option.

  3. conn suits

    Condolences. I live on disability here in Canada and I am scared for people there. (I’m @poniesinjudah on Twitter) It sounds like a big part of Labor not winning with people in Scotland going all nationalistic. Or maybe that wasn’t enough to defeat them. I don’t know your numbers.

    Interesting story, and Canada in the 80s the Tory party was wiped out, down to two seats, and the Bloc Québécois, a separatist party became the official opposition. It was weird. The Liberals had a safe majority and proceeded to become wildly corrupt. And were brought down in a corruption scandal around 10 years later. Envelopes of cash were involved. Then in a federal election a couple years ago the Bloc Québécois was wiped out. So it goes. And we are now back to the usual Canadian thing with the big parties are the Tories and the Liberals. And neither give a rats ass about poverty. Let alone the special area of disability poverty. When I started telling the story I thought it was going to be more cheery. Sorry. Good luck.

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