Never underestimate the ability of people to be stupid…
The EU are playing silly buggers with Brexit, Prince Philip retires, May is getting out of her pram, and Labour make big gains in the local elections proving to everyone that they’re the only party that can lead this country to a glowing future.
Oh, hang on a minute! I seem to have got that last bit wrong…
As today progresses, it’s becoming increasing evident that the only party this country has any confidence in whatsoever is the Tories. Poor old delusional Timmy’s Lib Dem resurgence doesn’t seem to be happening at all – there’s a surprise – and UKIP’s internal squabblings and general lack of leadership since Farage’s departure have wiped the party off the political map. Let’s face it, now we’ve had the referendum, UKIP no longer has a purpose and the voters are deserting it in droves.
But back to Labour. They have a leader who has lost a vote of confidence by his own parliamentary party, a front bench of unknowns, a Marxist IRA sympathiser as shadow chancellor and a shadow home secretary who can’t even do basic maths. What could possibly go wrong? Electing Labour on June 8th would set this country back to the 1970’s, hand sovereignty to the unelected bureaucrats of Brussels, and bankrupt the nation overnight. The voters realised this yesterday and have deserted them in droves.
John McDonnell this week said that he would reverse the Tory cuts on death duties thus, at a stroke, screwing his own core voters. And then, just to add to that, he wants to increase taxes on the rich – who he defines as any family with an income over £72,000 per annum. This screws middle England and again hits his core vote.
Labour is an absolute fucking unelectable shambles. FFS they’ve even lost the seat that their founder, Keir Hardy, held to the Conservatives. If the Welsh Labour heartlands will vote Tory, then anyone will.
And Labour have lost control of Glasgow – a council they’ve held since time immemorial. To the SNP? No. They’ve lost it to the Tories. Heartland Labour has had it’s heart ripped out of it by Corbyn, McDonnell and Abbott.
Theresa May made a shrewd decision calling an election for June 8th. I predict a landslide and a ‘bloody difficult woman’ telling the EU bullies to go fuck themselves royally. Whatever you might think of her, she’s no mug and an accomplished politician. And the alternative is Farron, Corbyn and Sturgeon in some fudged up, unworkable and unholy triumvirate reminiscent of the three witches in MacBeth. “Hubble, bubble toil and trouble…”
So are you going to turn out and vote Tory on June 8th? If not, then you must be seriously losing the plot…
I’ve noticed just lately that there seems to be new disease afflicting the political classes in this country. It manifests itself as delusional beliefs mixed with a sense of overwhelming self importance and egomania.
Its been around quite a lot this year. I first noticed signs of it in Jeremy Corbyn who seemed to believe that he was able to command the respect of the Parliamentary Labour Party just by being, well, Jeremy Corbyn.
Then it raised its ugly head again in George Osborne. Despite making a complete hash of Project Fear in the Referendum campaign, he honestly believes that he got it all right about Brexit and when it falls down around our ears, he will come riding to the rescue and be our greatest Prime Minister since Churchill.
But for the prime example of Farronitis we need to look no further than the man after whom it is named, Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron. The man shows extreme symptoms of delutional behaviour crossed with an ego the size of China.
A couple of weeks ago, he was crowing about how the Lib Dem resurgence was proven when they unseated a sitting Tory MP in the Richmond by-election. So deluded was he that he couldn’t even grasp the fact that there was no Tory candidate to defeat. They didn’t field one. Oh dear…
Then it happened again at Sleaford. Tim was further trumpeting the great resurgence after his candidate finished in third place. His logic? We beat Labour into fourth place which proves that the people of Sleaford don’t support Brexit. Which is odd because the vast majority in Sleaford voted in favour of it and he was beaten by UKIP. Seriously deluded…
And then there’s that Article 50 vote last Wednesday. The Lib Dems only have 9 MPs including himself, Clegg and their new girl. That’s three guaranteed votes. In all five voted with him against the government motion. But what about the rest? In the end, three of Farron’s other eight MPs – Norman Lamb, Greg Mulholland and John Pugh – abstained. So much for commanding leadership.
Mr Mulholland said: “I am not prepared to give the impression that I do not accept the result of the referendum, or that I am seeking to block it. The motion clearly stated that that the result of the referendum must be respected, so voting against it could be taken as not doing so.” Blimey! An MP who’s remembered that he’s supposed to represent voters? Whatever next!?!
Yep! Farronitis : the delusional belief that you are important despite all the facts pointing to the contrary…
Well, that was a monumental waste of time and tax payers’ money wasn’t it? I refer, of course, to yesterday’s Richmond Park bye-election…
Zac Goldsmith, not content with being beaten by Citizen Khan for mayor of London decided to take a stand over the expansion of Heathrow by resigning the Conservative whip and calling a bye-election where he stood as an independent. Now, fair enough – resign the whip, cross the floor and sit as an independent. You’ve made your point, why labour it (no pun intended). But no. Zac decides to be a plonker.
The Tories in the meantime play a blinder by not bothering to field a candidate against him – which backfires because the Limp Dumps win the seat. Enter the arch idiot Farron, crowing about how it’s a revival for his bunch of idiots because they’ve overturned a 23,000 Tory majority. But you haven’t, Tim me old son, because you can’t take votes away from a party that isn’t standing.
Our Zac was convinced that the good people of Richmond Park would support his principled stand and vote him back in but miscalculated because nobody in Richmond gives a toss about a third runway at Heathrow. As it happens the Limp Dump shares Zac’s view so the only choice was between two tossers, one of who was wasting their money by calling an unnecessary bye-election. Is it any wonder they voted him out?
So Mr Goldsmith is now consigned to the dustbin of political history, and good riddance. Personally, I think Alan ‘Howling Laud’ Hope would have been a better choice than either of them…
It was a long night. It seems I was right about a Lib Dem wipe out and an SNP landslide. I should get a job as a political guru…
22:30 – The exit polls forecasting 316 seats for the Tories and the SNP winning all but one seat in Scotland. The one saving grace was that even with the SNP in tow, Miliband has no majority with a predicted 239 seats. At this stage, I am beginning to breathe a sign of relief – but it’s not over yet!
22:50 – First result in in Sunderland. No surprise that Labour held the seat, but the Lib Dems only got 791 votes, finished 5th behind the Greens and lost their deposit. UKIP do well by coming 2nd forcing the Tories into 3rd place. 56% turnout is not too shabby in a safe seat and it looks like UKIP is going to feature largely in this result one way or another.
23:15 – Second result, again in Sunderland, puts the Lib Dems 5th once more and another lost deposit. Looks like Lib Dems are deserting the sinking ship and going across to UKIP. Big swings to UKIP seem to be on the cards but thanks to our wonderful voting system they won’t get a lot of seats. There’s rumours that Ed Balls might lose his seat which, if true, at least means he won’t be around to wreck the economy! Fingers crossed…
23:37 – Ed Balls is on the Beeb living up to his name. I’ll go and make a cuppa or I’m in danger of chucking something at the screen!
00:17 – Bloody hell! Now Mrs Balls is living up to her husbands name. Seems the official Labour line is focusing on the Coalition losing it’s majority to minimise the attention on them losing seats. Smoke and mirrors…
00:40 – Interesting comment from Mandleson who is now referring to the Conservative Party as English Nationalists! Alan Johnson is still taking the line that the exit poll is unbelievable. Time will tell.
02:12 – The first Scottish result comes in from Kilmarnock and the SNP take it from Labour with a 26% swing. First Labour blood goes to the SNP.
02:21 – The SNP get rid of the Shadow Foreign Secretary, Douglas Alexander and just to rub it in the winner is a 20 year old student! That’s a 27% swing against Labour and the youngest MP since 1667. Things are getting interesting up north! I’m reminded of the 17% swing that unseated Michael Portillo which was regarded as sensational at the time. It’s got nothing on the SNP.
02:52 – The Lib Dems lose their first seat to the Tories. The electorate really seem to dislike the Lib Dems. There’s a surprise! Time they disappeared. If it wasn’t for the SDP they’ve have been gone years ago.
03:11 – Another SNP scalp in the form of Jim Murphy. If the leader of the Scottish Labour Party can’t hold his seat then I think we can right them off in Scotland. Meanwhile, ‘senior Labour ‘
sources’ are saying that Miliband has to go! Hurrah!
03:20 – There’s 100 seats declared and the results are coming in more slowly than usual, probably because of the increased turnout. So far, the forecast has not deviated from the exit poll so I’m off to bed and we’ll see where we are in the morning.
06:10 – Well, still about 175 seats to go and I wake up to the news that Danny Alexander, Simon Hughes, Ed Davey, Charles Kennedy and Vince Cable have lost their seats. Douglas Carswell has won for UKIP and Nigel Farage is still sweating it out and hours away from a result.
It’s been the predicted wipe out for the Lib Dems and I’m especially delighted that David Laws has been kicked out because after being kicked out in disgrace, they sneaked him back in when they thought we weren’t watching.
And while we’re at it, we’ve got rid of George Galloway as well. I’m amazed he’s hung on this long but at least he’s finally gone. Good riddance to bad rubbish!
The travesty seems to be that UKIP have gained 3.5 million votes, got around 12% of the popular vote, and look set to get a couple of seats. The SNP get 1.5 million votes and get at least 55 seats. It can’t be right, can it?
06:30 – Mark Reckless loses to the Tories. Not really a surprise. Reckless by name and it seems reckless by nature. Latest poll prediction is 325 for the Tories, but that could still go a few either way. Cameron will retain the keys to number 10.
With a bit of luck we’ll see the back of Miliband and Clegg after this so as far as I’m concerned it’s been a good night. UKIP has come second in over 90 seats and failed to break through due to the election system, but it’s progress of a sort.
So the big question as I make myself a cup of tea and take it up to Mrs D is whether the Tories will command a majority. We’ll find out later…
+ + + + UPDATE + + + +
08:30 – YES! YES! YES! Ed Balls has lost his seat. I’m so happy they’re still scraping me off the ceiling!!!! One Ed down, one to go…