2015 General Election, David Cameron, Ed Miliband, Nick Clegg, Nicola Sturgeon, Nigel Farage, Post-Mortem
Here are my thoughts on the results of the UK’s 2015 General Election results, in a nutshell and without the benefit, or otherwise, of reading what others are saying.
The SNP won because Nicola Sturgeon is a charismatic, feisty, articulate and intelligent leader who built on the momentum from last year’s Scottish Independence referendum. She’s tough and may well engineer an independent Scotland over the next five years. She is probably the most astute politician on the UK scene right now.
Ed Miliband and his party lost because his leadership and politics were weak and his second lieutenants, Ed Balls and Harriet Harman, were both universally disliked and distrusted. The Labour party’s demise was nothing to do with the rise of the SNP. It was because the so-called working class had become disillusioned with his leadership and with his constant attacks on the opposition instead of formulating a serious socialist policy.
Miliband was also seriously damaged when Tony Blair purported to support him as a leader but then said nothing about supporting Miliband’s policies. It was a double kiss of death for Miliband based on what Blair did not say plus the fact that Blair is nowadays considered to be toxic. Blair is the epitome of a champagne socialist and is universally hated by the British people.
Nick Clegg lost because nobody trusted him any more (his backtrack over student loans, particularly, caused damage to his integrity) and nobody knew what was and is meant by “liberalism”. His policies, if I can call them that, were wishy-washy and peppered with his trademark word “fair” when fairness had nothing to do with it.
Nigel Farage lost because his role in raising the awareness of the political effects of the UK’s continuing membership of the EU and the social effects of unlicensed immigration was finished once David Cameron announced the 2017 EU in-out referendum promise. But what a catalyst Farage has been.
David Cameron won because, finally, he decided to do something about the country’s unrest with our continuing membership of the EU; similarly uncontrollable immigration; and he finally grappled with personal tax, social benefits, problems in the NHS, inheritance tax and a host of other domestic issues close to the hearts of many many people. He has passion and conviction and, despite the belief of many pundits (including BBC left wingers, of which there are many), Cameron does appeal to “the common man”.
Miliband deserved to go. He was weak and ineffectual and too prone to being jerked by his spin-doctor controllers.
Clegg deserved to go. He was a waste of space – period.
Farage did not deserve to go. He would have been a welcome maverick in the House of Commons, reminding MPs of the things that people really care about. He would have been the country’s conscience. I wish him well and I hope he returns to front-line British politics.
Well said. I fully agree with your comments. Millibean shot himself in the foot by talking to that prat Russell Brand and having that stupid tablet displayed. The Labour party treat everybody like children and expect us to do as we are told, just like the way the trade unions treat their members. The first past the post voting system is unfair. Now without Clegg the pleb Dave can put it right.
Well I for one am glad it’s all over.
Interesting Post-Mortem from you and as usual I have to make a comment – some things don’t change do they?
I do not agree with your comments on that Scottish woman – she is ghastly and will be trouble. The rest I agree with. What I find difficult to accept, without some bile in the back of my throat, is our voting system. Irrespective of which party we all support it doesn’t seem fair that Scotland now has 55 Members of Parliament and UKip only has one when UKip had more than twice (not far off three times) the number of votes than the SNP. Like you I hope Nigel Farage returns to British politics when he has had a good rest.
In the meantime I look forward to all the positive things that the PM has promised us.
Good to hear that UKIP has today rejected Nigel Farage’s resignation. He needs to remain as its party leader. I agree with the above comments – it is an absolute travesty that UKIP won a 13% vote share in the election – nearly 4 million votes – and has only one MP. How can that be right?