"They came on in the same old way and we defeated them in the same old way." ...
Arthur Wellesley, First Duke of Wellington
Well my election predictions were accurate as far the local constituencies were concerned. How was I to know that the rest of England, for this was an English phenomenon, was to swing to the Conservatives in such a way? So we'll have five years of cuts to public services, increased privatisation of the NHS, tax cuts to the already rich, benefit cuts to already impoverished, probable exit from the EU, more devolution to Scotland (effectively independence). Oh how could I forget the future gerrymandering of constituencies to ensure 20+ more Tory seats in England. This is democracy at work they say. Well this is the votes of 37% of those who voted outweighing everyone else in this medieval, first past the post, crap shoot that passes for democracy in this country that has given us, yet again, a House of Commons that lacks legitimacy. This may sound like sour grapes but even with proportional representation the Conservatives would most likely have won. So Labour goes off once again to pick the meat off its bones and study its bellybutton, the Lib-Dems crash back to the position they were in fifty or more years ago (never, ever go into coalition with a right-wing party!), and the little Englander party, UKIP, learns the hard way that democracy in the UK is not about winning votes.
*Here endeth the lesson*
" a traditional left-wing party competes with a traditional right-wing party, with the traditional result”.