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silver_sun ([personal profile] silver_sun) wrote on May 8th, 2015 at 04:24 pm
The election.
General election is done bar one seat, which will make no difference now, except perhaps to the LibDems as to whether they've lost everything in the west of the country.

So five years of untemepered Tory rule. Not the expected outcome of this election, nor one that I personally would have hoped for.

Of all the parties I feel most sorry for the LibDems, but they have nobody but themselve to blame for what lay behind their downfall - tuition fees. They should have fought for it, rather than surenddered it for other promises (like the farce of the Alternative Vote referendum - LibDems had wanted Proportions Representation, but settled for a vote on something that was the worst of both worlds) made the Tories work for it. Ultimately they would have lost, but it wouldn't have come with the same stigma as apparently abandoning their principles for a shot at power.

They did some good while they were there. Raising the the amount people can urge before tax, helping push through legislation for same sex marriages and preventing the implimentation of the the so called 'Snoopers charter' that the Conservatives had wanted. Which even before the last votes of the election had been counted was already back on the books.

What we will see now I think is the Conservatives veering ever more right that they have been. They see UKIP, leaderless now, and see those voted for them as their voters of the future.

Without Scotland proving much needed seats a Labour win in future is unlikely. Although I find myself far more in agreement with the Scottish Nationalists than with Labour. The closest we have here is in are the Greens, who seem doomed to be a fringe party. I don't agree with all the Green's say, but I agree on a lot more with them than with most of the others.

For the future?
A continuation with First Past the Post voting, despite the unfairness of it. More cuts to councils, benefits and NHS, they Tories admitted to as much even while campaigning for re-election. £12 billion pounds to be cut from welfare in the next 2 to 3 years alone.
TTIP - the biggest corporate sell out in history (and still with no real assuances that the NHS will be exempt from it and it 'sue if you don't make a profit' ethos.
Taking the UK out of the Human Rights Act - yes, really. To be replaced with a so called peoples bill of rights, that most other parties, the EU, UN and Amnesty say isn't fit for purpose.
An in/out referendum on Europe that most do not what - a renegotiation of terms, but not all out.

It seems the advice for the new few years is; don't be or become young, old, poor, ill, in education, unemployed or under-employed, a carer or a work for any of the emergency services.

I am not enthusiastic about the future under a Tory majority government. I remember Thatcher and Major. All the same we endured and at least in 5 years we shall have a chance again. I hope that not too many lives will be lost or ruined by Iain Duncan Smith's attempted to destory the welfare state and that there is one still there in future to salvage.

There were some good points. Esther McVey losing her seat. (We need more women in politics, but not her, not somebody who lies about ATOS's treatment of people and and thinks foodbanks are a lifestyle choice of the feckless and not an indication of real hardship.) Farage stepping down from UKIP - may the party fade back in to unpleasant, ecscentric obsurity without him as a gargoyle figure head.
The Greens keeping their seat in Brighton and getting a bigger % of vote than they've done before.
The SNPs landslide in Scotland - even if you don't agree with the idea of Scotland as a seperate country then at least having a party that will actually stand up for its residents, including its poor and needy is something to celebrate.

Sadly they will not have much power in Westminster if Cameron has his way. He says Scotland is part of the UK, but then turns round and says their MPs shouldn't have the same voting rights. Scottish MPs would get to vote on purely Scottish things only, but when it came to English matters like defense, the common agricultural policy and the NHS they would become English MP votes only. I'd love to know that the Welsh and Northern Irish MPs think of that one - do they count as English on this one or are they shut out too?

There are going to be a lot of hard feelings north of the boarder if the English MP only votes happen. Even if it does I wouldn't be at all surprised if any economic failings in future weren't laid at the doors of the Scots. The Newspapers were already dangling it (SNP) over peoples heads as some kind of haggis eating, kilt wearing bogeyman, how they'd hold the whole country to ransom.
What better way to get the disillusioned English poor on your side that giving them somebody to blame that's not those in power?

The SNP are never going to carry much weight in Westminster, even without the limitations that look like being placed on them. The are 55 out of 650. An idea that cannot get a majority using the other 595 MPs in parliament on its vote probably wasn't worth making law in the first place.

No, I think that perhaps that should be the message taken away from this election. Divide and Conquer.
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