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An Interesting Election

Local elections in the United Kingdom have yielded interesting results. Wavey Davey’s beleaguered Conservatives did remarkably indifferently in England and Wales. Proving that Scotland is if nothing else a world onto itself Ruth Davidson led her party from the political wilderness into being the official opposition at Holyrood. The fragrant Wee Nippy, as I predicted last year, remains the leader of the devolved regional government but  without a majority. The SNP overplayed the nationalist card. Unionist Scots are growing highly adept at tactical voting and this has helped to destroy the majority that Alex Salmond, the historical, present and eternal source of all the world’s problems, achieved.

More importantly, it exposes the reality that political views in Scotland, despite the rhetoric, is largely in line with that of England and Wales. Oddly enough, on issues of substance with terminology removed both Northern and the Republic of Ireland as well. London, of course, is a strange beast though I think that Zac Goldsmith’s terrible campaign had much to do with his political immolation. He’s a good sort and in my view one of the better MPs, but he handled his campaign poorly and threw away a perfectly good chance to become Mayor of London.

The Welsh Assembly vote amused me. The heavy concentration of seats in Cardiff and Swansea makes it difficult for any party that isn’t Labour to gain a majority, but both Labour and the Tories did not do well. Plaid Cymru seems to have syphoned-off disgusted Labour voters and UKIP did relatively well gaining its first seats. Britain’s not dead, Long Live the Queen and I still blame Alex Salmond.

 

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  1. sheona
    May 6, 2016 at 9:02 pm

    It is very satisfying that wee Sturgeon made her victory speech before all the results were in. Egg on face!

    I read that the Conservatives may challenge the London result because of the “Barnet cock-up” and I hope they check the postal votes in certain areas too. Otherwise it will be a rerun of the Tower Hamlets corruption case where the journalist Andrew Gilligan and some brave electors laid bare the islamic skulduggery of Lutfur Rahman. Hope Gilligan has his pencils ready sharpened. It has also been suggested that Cameron could do what Thatcher did and abolish the London assembly and office of Mayor.

  2. May 6, 2016 at 9:44 pm

    Dear Wee Nippy, bless her heart, was somewhat overly confident. One reason why she did as well as she did, especially in Glasgow, is that many Scottish voters want to destroy the Labour political machine with its corruption and incompetence. Labour simply did not clean itself up and it waited far too long as they didn’t understand the severity of the problem. The SNP seem to have hit their electoral high-water mark, even with purges saving them. What will happen over the next few years when the SNP are shown up as increasingly incompetent and corrupt?

    Abolishing the London Assembly and office of Mayor is a risk for Cameron as they are both well-established. He can, however, ensure that any and all irregularities are thoroughly investigated. This would make Khan’s victory pyrrhic. All the responsibility with no means or chance to do much of anything as every error will be subject to scrutiny.

  3. May 7, 2016 at 1:38 am

    It wasn’t all Doctor Doom and Pokémon Gloom for Labour at the polling Cherie. The Lefties did hang on to their two safe seats in the by-elections that were contested. The reds were just imitating their communist countries comrades in that respect. Those politburos buy elections.

    Political jokes aren’t my forty (sic). Coat, Hat, Sluice Box…hey, TAXI.

  4. May 7, 2016 at 6:55 am

    Au contraire, Christopher. What you describe as an indifferent result for the Tories is just how midterm politics work in Olde Englande. The indifference belongs to Labour who traditionally should have made hay. Ditto in Scotland.

  5. May 7, 2016 at 8:19 am

    Btw, do I sense that some cherished folks don’t approve of Mr Khan? Surely a better mayor than spoilt brat Zac?

  6. May 7, 2016 at 10:34 am

    TR: Elections are merely formalities for the Politburo! It’s also a good way of funnelling money to their favourite companies.

    Janus: Yes, yes and no. Usually the opposition parties down quite well in regional votes but there was really very little change. It wasn’t a bad result for the Tories, but that had more to do with Corbyn’s spectacular failure as Labour leader rather than Cameron.Scotland is a beast of a different nature. Ruth Davidson is positively brilliant and she has led her party with no real help from London. Kazia Dugdale was a complete mess who couldn’t even decide which side to support on one of Scotland’s most pressing concerns — the Union with the rest of the UK. Between the lingering stench of corruption and her incompetence, it’s unlikely that Labour could have done well north of Hadrian’s Wall even if Labour was led by a competent Scotsman! I am not sure what to think of Khan, but he ran a far better campaign and deserved his victory in the same way that Goldsmith deserved his spectacular defeat. I like Goldsmith, but he destroyed himself and I wish Khan the best of luck.

  7. Four-eyed English Genius
    May 7, 2016 at 1:16 pm

    One of the “arguments” from the Remainiacs in the EU referendum “debate” (propaganda war) was that leaving the EU would be tantamount to destroying London’s influence in the world. It appears that the London electorate decided to do that for themselves. Admittedly, there was not much choice, either a green loonie claiming to be Conservative , a red dyed in the wool socialist or a bunch of non-entities. Oh how I wish there was a “None of the above” box on all UK voting slips.

    Red Ken was well established when Maggie gave him the boot before he could do too much damage, but I hardly think Wavey Davey has the necessary equipment to do the same.

  8. May 7, 2016 at 2:04 pm

    FEEG: does Wavey Davey have the equipment to do much of anything? He doesn’t nee to be a Nigel Farage or a Margaret Thatcher, but at least a show of spine would be refreshing.

  9. christinaosborne
    May 7, 2016 at 3:44 pm

    The only thing I can find to say polite enough is-

    Dick Whittington must be spinning in his grave!!!
    totally fucking beyond.

  10. May 7, 2016 at 5:16 pm

    If religion were an issue in London, non-muslim voters could walk it! But it clearly ain’t, which is quite refreshing given the meeja’s opinion.

  11. May 7, 2016 at 6:01 pm

    CO: if Khan proves to be a complete disaster then he’ll be out in a few years.

    Janus: Khan didn’t make his religion a point, others did.

  12. May 7, 2016 at 6:30 pm

    Exactly.

  13. May 7, 2016 at 6:36 pm

    The worst part of Goldsmith’s campaign was the insinuation that Khan was tied to Islamic radicalism or that he might be a closet radical himself. Khan hasn’t really given any indication of that sort. It’s likely that Goldsmith could have done far better and possibly even won, but he focused on non-issues and let Khan discuss things that actually mattered. Agree with him or not, he at least did his best to focus on issues. I find it refreshing that these divisive tactics were rejected in London. They were rejected in Canada, too.

  14. sheona
    May 7, 2016 at 8:36 pm

    Janus, Mr Khan worries me, though I may be being unnecessarily alarmist. Firstly there’s Blair’s changes to the postal voting system, designed to ensure Labour victories. (Me and my fifteen cousins in Bangladesh all registered as living in my broom cupboard.) Then there’s the example of Lutfur Rahman in Tower Hamlets as a warning of what can happen with an unprincipled muslim given power and a large budget. I may be doing the man an injustice. We shall see.

  15. christinaosborne
    May 7, 2016 at 9:27 pm

    But I doubt it!

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