britain’s first post-truth election
Having spent the weekend in the Tory heartland of er, central Lancashire I’ve been able to reflect upon the facts and the fallout from Thursday’s monumental general election and, needless to say, I’m not a happy man. Sadly, both my predictions and worst fears have been realised and, furthermore, the scale of the victory indicates the likely modus operandi for the next decade, if not longer. IMHO, this is a result of generational impact.
With 365 seats, an increase of 48 on the last parliament, Boris Johnson is now (almost) the anointed World King he once wished for as a child. “What will we be able to do?” he asked last Friday. Well, whatever your majesty desires. It allows the Prime Minister to govern for the minimum of a full-term with an irreversible working majority, something the Conservatives have not been able to do for over thirty years. I could disingenuously argue the semantics concerning the proportion of actual votes polled (47% leave/51% remain) but that would be nit-picky in the extreme. Mr Johnson now has an indisputable mandate to complete the lunacy of 2016’s referendum and take us out of the EU. Perhaps like Charles I or Anne Boleyn, I’m resigned to hoping for a clean blow and a swift exit from this world to the next.
Notwithstanding the political demise of Jo Swinson, the biggest loser of 2019 is JC’s bewildered Labour. The party’s 203 seats is its lowest since 1935 and in the last eighteen years it has succeeded in losing more than half the number of seats it previously held. Those losses were not merely in the north, they were nationwide. Why, for the first time ever, they even didn’t secure my cross in their box. Sadly, Bumble’s mumbled acceptance speech failed to mention his thanks to the Tory/Leave-voting electorate for their overlooking of his rampant dishonesty, racism and homophobia. Letterboxes, bank robbers, piccaninnies with watermelon smiles and tank-topped bum-boys, brace yourself as it’s going to get a whole lot worse.
When the result of an election will have such a negative impact on so many sections of society there’s no putting a positive spin on it. Sorry. There can be no celebration in loss, especially when that loss will most keenly be felt by our future generations. Brexit has undeniably framed recent events and the downside is that this focus has eclipsed the lives of millions as child poverty continues to rise, inequality grows and our climate, both social and meteorological, worsens. Ah, wait a second, it’s reported that two London properties have just been snapped-up this weekend by ‘international families’ who were awaiting the election outcome, one for £65m and the other for £28m. Both agents, Beauchamp Estates and Glentree International, went on to report they had been inundated with enquiries from wealthy house-hunters who had been delaying their purchases. Phew. As champagne corks pop with gay abandon investment light is spied at the end of the tunnel.
Traditional, tribal right/left voting stances no longer exist yet we remain a brutally, bitterly divided nation and one that, unfortunately, I cannot not see us recovering from anytime soon.