The votes are counted and no one has an overall majority. Theresa May is hanging on by her fingernails but her new government will not be able to get anything through parliament without an overall majority. Good. She called this unnecessary election because she thought she’d get a landslide but ended up losing the majority she had. Good. She underestimated Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour party and showed how out of touch she is. The more people saw of her the more they disliked her. Good. The Conservative party will spend the next few weeks tearing itself to pieces in recrimination and Theresa May will be executed. In the end, Boris Johnson will be their leader, so we will have our very own Donald Trump. Good…er…not good. Depends how you look at it.
Jeremy Corbyn covered himself in glory coming from an impossible disadvantageous position to within a few votes of winning. Even most of his MPs didn’t support him. But…the British people did. So now, who’s out of touch? The more he talked, the more people warmed to him; never underestimate a decent man telling the truth. It’s unusual in politics but we have one now. I think that, if the campaign had gone on for another week, Corbyn would have won. Time for the likes of Hilary Benn, Stephen Kinnock and Chuka Amunna to admit that they were wrong and start to work for the next Labour government.
The media were a disgrace throughout. Of the print media, only the Guardian provided any kind of even-handed approach but the rest were vindictive, biassed, partial and filled their pages with barely-disguised lies and half-truths. No surprise there, then. The piles of copies of the Sun being burnt in the streets of Liverpool was a wonderful sight as people were sickened by their puerile, sickening and infantile editorial stance. The Express and Mail were little better. How stupid do these editors think the British people are? Don’t answer that one; it was a rhetorical question. The TV coverage was dire and the level of bias staggered me; I can never trust the BBC again. Sky News (Murdoch press) was, of course, execrable with the whole news team (except Faisal Islam) showing clearly which way they would vote. They all tried to out-Paxman each other but there’s only one Paxman! I don’t know why they don’t stand as Conservatives next time. Fortunately, we have the internet and that’s the only place where you can now find out the truth. However, find it we could. Thank God for the internet!
UKIP, who engineered this entire debacle, have deflated like an old ballon and now lie like a discarded condom in the gutter. Good.
So, what of the future? Well, the Brexit negotiations will be a catastrophe whoever ‘negotiates’ them because the EU really couldn’t care less and hold all the cards. The Conservative government will limp on for a while but there will inevitably be another election, probably within a year. In this time, Corbyn will be seen to be what he is; a decent man with decent values and a vision of a better way for the world’s fifth richest country to be run.
And he’ll win. Good.