ONLY 1 IN 4 OF ALL THOSE ELIGIBLE TO VOTE SUPPORTED THE CONSERVATIVE PARTY.
The Slog looks at some of the more shocking home truths about Thursday’s election result.
The SNP has bagged 56 seats in the new Parliament, by getting 4.7% of the vote. UKIP got 1 (one) seat, as their return for polling 12.4% of the votes cast. The Liberal Democrats got 7 seats by winning 7.9% of the votes.
The Conservative Party polled just over twice as many votes as UKIP, but got 330 times more seats.
If you add up the total of those who didn’t vote, then the new Conservative Government, with it’s slim overall majority, got the support of just one in four people.
The first and most obvious lesson to be learned from the election is that the voting system used was woefully unfair for 75%, exceptionally generous to The Big Boys, and showered the Scots with gifts in a manner rarely seen beyond millionaires courting beautiful women. Last time around, a majority didn’t want PR (Proportional Representation). In which case, we must ask “Does the majority know what it’s doing, and what would they think now?”
The case for PR based on the May 7th general election is overwhelming. If 75% are ill-treated by the system, then we should as a Nation be able to change that. If we can’t, we have only ourselves to blame.
Here is a further reality for ‘activist’ and ‘Hard’ Left Labour plus anti-UKIP Tory supporters to take on board: the BNP polled just 1,667 nationwide. The hatred and bigotry handed out to UKippers before and during the campaign is scant thanks for what the Army has actually done: it has, by providing a voice for those persistently ignored by the political and media Establishments, killed the British National Party off. I was of course vociferous and consistent in my assertion that Nigel Farage is a fake and an incompetent. Without him, UKip could go on to much bigger things. But they need more credible leaders with a broader vision…and probably a new name.
More qualitatively, I expect there to be (despite public pronouncements about ruling ‘for all the People’) a period of triumphalism now from the Tories. That’s fine if they want to do it, but two things need to be borne in mind.
First, Britain is now a country effectively disenfranchising the entire Scottish nation, the poor, the abstainers and disapprovers, and the near-majority vehemently opposed to the EU. That is politically and socially unhealthy. On the European question in particular, David Cameron campaigned on a renegotiation angle that was shot to pieces by almost all EU leaders of note and power during that campaign. And neither he nor Hunt has any mandate to kill off the NHS based on these statistics – of which, more in a later bulletin.
Second, it is an uncanny irony of history that, just when people, organisations and regimes seem to be at the height of their power, a dramatic fall from grace ensues. One thinks of Manchester United after 1968, Nixon after 1972, Thatcher in 1990, the banks after 2008, and the European Union now.
It might be worthwhile adding Rupert Murdoch to that list. In the light of a clash between Francis Maude and a Hard left lady in the BBC Question Time audience last night, I had some further thoughts about this.
Maude resorted to every awful pol’s patronising pissquick by telling the devout young woman (who had quite accurately referred to Murdoch as ‘disgusting’) that she should have more faith in the intelligence of the electorate – who, he claimed, are not influenced by Newscorp. Nobody on the panel said, “Well Francis, that explains why Thatcher, Blair, Hunt, Johnson and Cameron all licked him to death”. All that said, Ms Leninspart was quite wrong in claiming that the Digger “has once again got everything he wanted”. The main thing he wanted was Cameron out of a job and a Tory/UKip Alliance. He got neither. He also wanted (because he hates Britain with a profundity few really grasp) the UK to be all over the place on Scottish Independence. He hasn’t got that either.
As one of the disenfranchised, I take some comfort from the result. Not much – but some. I do have a hunch that one of the top Cabinet members will have a Poll Tax moment: there is no Government more prone to banana skins than an overconfident Conservative one. Also, Miliband’s desire for a ban on Islamaphobia and more LGBT rights being unrealised is, in my view, a healthy step away from the minority appeasement that many Brits of all political persuasions so heartily dislike.
Two final statistic: 100% of the losers resigned their leaderships. And a majority of Morley voters finally dumped their Shadow Chancellor. Given the people involved, all these events gave me a degree of relief from the imagined horror of what may lie ahead.