All over bar the shouting

WELL it’s over at last – or at least it should be – but judging by the comments I’ve been seeing on social media and from certain members of the Labour Party who seem intent on blaming anyone but themselves, it seems even an 80 seat majority is not enough of a display of democracy in action to count. I don’t know why I’m surprised.

General elections are always an all-nighter for me and, for all their faults, I chose to stick with the Beeb because there was no way I could sit through John Bercow for eight hours.

I did turn over just before calling it a night at about 6.15am just as the former speaker hollered ORDERRR!! (so that’s what they paid him for – to behave like a performing seal).

I’m pretty sure deputy political editor Sam Coates meant to say that in Northern Ireland there had been a SHIFT, but hey, it had been a long night.

The entire period from the release of the exit poll was like being in a dream where everything you’ve been predicting for months, but didn’t really think would actually happen, is playing out before your eyes.

Was I really watching the northern Labour heartland rejecting party partisanship? It was history in the making and like a tsunami carrying houses and cars away, impossible not to watch in grim fascination from a crestfallen John McDonnell pretty much accepting defeat before any of the results had actually come in to Workington, Darlington, Bolsover, Bishop Aukland and my native West Midlands turning blue.

There was, of course, one moment to add some light relief.

A couple of weeks ago, Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson was, without a trace of irony, declaring herself to be a candidate for Prime Minister. As Andrew Neil reminded her, she was actually a candidate to represent the constituency of Dumbartonshire East.

Today she’s out on her ear and that smug smile has been wiped off her face. I haven’t stopped laughing yet.

Well she’s neither a liberal nor a democrat so not being a politician feels like karma to me.

The only downside was that Swinson’s loss is wee Jimmy Krankie’s gain.

On Labour’s worst night since 1935, amazingly, the architects of this disaster, Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell were insistent that their policies had actually been popular with the electorate and placed the blame instead on Brexit and the right wing press.

That’s exactly the blinkered attitude that made Labour unelectable throughout the 1980s and it’s why both of them need to be put out to pasture immediately, along with their hideous Marxist mob Momentum, for the country to have anything approaching a proper opposition.

So now Boris finally has the majority to do what the government has been unable to do since 2017 – govern.

The Tories need to be aware that all those new votes are on loan. They are a mandate for the government to do what it has promised, not just regarding Brexit, but for the NHS and social care. In short they need to grow a conscience.

As Labour have discovered to their cost, the electorate is in no mood for more betrayal.

As Beth Rigby put it just before I switched off and went to bed, this was an election where a huge proportion of the electorate had to choose, not for who they were politically aligned with, but who they found the least repellent.

Again, I’m not one to say I told you so, but…

Stupid TV quiz answer of the week:

What is the name of the lead character in The Hunchback of Notre Dame?

Answer: Edward?

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Edward Case

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