Well, the polls certainly got that wrong didn’t they? Have often wondered who or what or where they question people and if those people actually say what they think you want them to say.
To me it wasn’t really surprising, the Lib-Dem result was the only real shock – I knew that they would lose seats, but that was more than expected – why?
OK, let’s go back to 2010 – this was the first election that I really had time to take time to study it all as I had just retired. Firstly was this new “kid on the block” – Nick Clegg, a great orator (perhaps he could now go on the public speakers’ circuit), there he stood on his little molehill promising free tuition and it worked, suddenly there were a lot more Lib-Dem MPs in the house.
However, when the opportunity to help prop up the Tories in government, Nick grabbed it with both hands! Bye-bye free tuition fees, it’s so different being a party of protest in the House to being in power.
The shoes are so much bigger and it’s not your hand they want to hold, it’s your shoulders they want to climb on to get their policies through. Yes, you did raise tax thresholds and other good deeds, but it wasn’t in your name, was it?
And the bright yellow colour you were proud to sport has slowly faded and has turned to a “lighter shade of pale”, so now you’ve got to go and regroup, why would they trust you again, the stain from those student fees will take a long time to eradicate.
Then there’s Labour, sorry Ed, you are probably a great and intelligent man – but your publicists let you down, badly! Too many photo opportunities went wrong, sometimes it seemed as if you were badly briefed and there were two spectres leaning over your shoulder.
One was the bank melt down and Liam Byrne’s stupid note – he’s certainly kept a low profile since then – and the second was the SNP.
Nicola Sturgeon vowing to back you and get Cameron out certainly did you no favours, Ed. It was every Englishman’s worst nightmare that this lady, who would not have even been sitting in the House, would have been standing on Ed’s shoulders directing more money over the border whilst our belts were tightened yet another notch. No free prescriptions and university fees south of the border, so why should we vote for Labour and let the SNP take more money to keep this going north of the border? Would we revisit verse 6 of the National Anthem?
So you see, it wasn’t that we didn’t like you, Ed; we were just more frightened of the SNP, austerity as it is, is bad enough; but we couldn’t and wouldn’t discriminate against the rest of the UK to favour one part.
I’m no political pundit and I’m a bit of a floating voter, but my thoughts were we’ve chosen the best of a bad bunch of options in the hope that “things can only get better”