On the good side Miliband and Clegg and the traitors of Labour and the Liberal democrats (a once good party warped by the entry of the Labour renegades the Social democrats in 1988) are subdued. The leaders, as dubious a pair as ever stood for office have held their seats (just), but look likely to be deposed as party leaders.
George Galloway lost his seat in Bradford to a young woman he ran a nasty and personal campaign against. She may be Muslim and she may be Labour but she was a forced teenage bride, and Galloway insisting that she lied and was 16 not 15 when it happened still wouldn’t justify what her family did to her. And the police are investigating his conduct.
The coalition from hell, Trotskist Ed Miliband of Labour and wee Jimmy Krankie aka Nicola Sturgeon of the Scottish National Party won’t happen. Although the evil that they would have wrought may have been the catalyst the sleeping poplace needs to stir it, as Lee Rigby, the grooming gangs and the rest have not been.
On the bad side the SNP with just over a million votes have 96% of the seats in Scotland; UKIP with nearly 4 million votes hold only one in England.
The Torys (I cannot call them Conservatives – they are not conserving our country, our heritage or much of value) have a mandate to carry on indistinguishable from the other legacy parties.
Nigel Farage didn’t get elelcted and has now stood down as leader of UKIP, proving that he is a man of his word and has not broken a promise to further his own career. The BBC lunchtime headline is:
Nigel Farage resigns as UKIP leader as the party vote rises
But any jubilation about UKIP’s demise will be premature. They won 13% of the vote nationally and have a good powerbase for local elections where UKIP councillors can do a lot of good. They did very well in some seats where they could not canvas as much as they might have liked, and came in second place in (I believe) some 70 odd seats. That is progress on 2010 and they are known tobe playing the long game, looking to 2020.
But for the moment I am not a happy a bunny as I had hoped this fine lunchtime.
And as it is lunchtime, a cheese roll beckons.