Ten Observations on the Election Results from a Disillusioned Mother

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I must confess to being very down over the election results. I was hoping that people would use compassion when casting their votes. But no. So I thought I had better write some of my thoughts down to try and find a way out of the gloom.

1. Time to seriously consider PR.
36.9% voted Tory. 63.1% didn’t. This is the system we have in this country but that doesn’t mean it is right. If there was PR we would now have 25 greens, 50 ish LDs, a few less Labour and a lot fewer Cons. But we’d also have 82 UKIP MPs.

2. Embarrassment
4 out of 10 voters were embarrassed to admit they voted Tory hence the skewed polls (according to a Yougov poll). The question of the polls is still being debated. There is no doubt more to it than just this.

3. Memories of 1992
Remember what happened in John Major’s second term. He had a majority of 21.

‘Mr Major’s majority of 21 melted away completely after a series of by-elections, scandals and defections; Mr Cameron’s slimmer margin of victory, just 12, gives him even less room for manoeuvre, although the opposition he faces is more fractured.’ George Parker, political editor of FT, May 8th 2015

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/db4d60b2-f574-11e4-bc6d-00144feab7de.html#axzz3ZeG84yfh

4. Isolation
The in-out referendum will cause a split in the Conservative party. If we leave Europe, the SNP will push for another referendum. Then Britain will be smaller and more isolated.

5. Lies
The deficit argument was based on a pack of lies. The deficit is bigger now than in 2010. Why wasn’t this point hammered home by Labour?

There has been no increase in jobs – unless you count a zero hour contract as a job.

6. Newspapers

Is it just a coincidence that the men who own the Daily Mail, the Telegraph, the Times and the Sun are all non-Doms who don’t pay tax in the UK?

7. Young people

We have two sons going to university in September. By the time they graduate, they will have a minimum of £42K debt. Each.

8. Leadership

We’ve got to choose the right Labour leader – someone not tarnished by the Iraq war, someone who’s had real life experience. And yes, because we live in shallow times, someone with ‘charisma’. Charisma is obviously more important than conviction or compassion.

9. Always cast your vote.

10.’If you don’t do politics, there’s not much you do do.’

Talk to your children about politics. This generation have got it tough so they need to engage with the political process.

Actually, talk to anyone who will listen. Politics is not a rude word. Everything is politics.

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4 thoughts on “Ten Observations on the Election Results from a Disillusioned Mother

  1. Dear Sophie, Thanks for summing it all up so eloquently – you captured all my thoughts. I must admit to a few tears and a sense of despair : Grace is upset and angry so am encouraging her to stay active, involved, passionate and compassionate Hope to join you at least for a bit on Thursday Take care of yourself and remember many people are not just out for themselves Love and hugs Kerry x

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  2. Good post, Sophie

    The link below takes you to a blog on the results that my son (Aspergers and cerebral palsy, now aged 32) wrote – it’s also a good read though he’s pro the Lib Dems.

    Best wishes Jean

    https://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=https%3A%2F%2Fmattgsrambles.wordpress.com%2F2015%2F05%2F09%2Fat-the-mercy-of-the-tories-what-now%2F&h=BAQFCbicE&enc=AZPshN2c4Av68zOjS5O-Z5O4W2n2hjGYSN2QLwNsvah-sAxgzlwK0yebFHllSyDdjhFkvaRT05qIP8rUuRMPnNKB4Z2JaF36gMqk8CVB4ns7mjInKjZLn1tUtKgEXTkv1sPekOKPRzPFDfQUhHRfybvQ6LHlud0oFTjo7EHTvN89ExM-Dtehsa7O1ryGvE2AkZ0&s=1

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  3. Agree with so much of this Sophie – and it’s our children’s future I worry about most. Not just the debt they’ll leave university with but the very real fear that we will pull out of Europe. We’ve always talked politics very openly with them and they can’t wait to get to voting age. I just hope that when they can their vote will count – our current system has to change.

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