What Happened There Then?
The election is over and the ‘Nasty Party‘ has won (again). J.C. ‘almost’ lived up to his initials, and ‘almost’ pulled off a miracle. If only he’d got rid of Abbott sooner who knows. Anyway, what happens now? Well, we are still leaving Europe, we still have millionaire May (for the time being) and loads more austerity, misery and death to come. Trump still wants the ice caps to flood the world, ISIS are on their way home to our shores with no plan to stop them and Northern Ireland (who nobody in the press gave any time to) will now blackmail the government into getting their own way. Ah, happy days are here again.
Any silver lining? Well, some. A lot more youngsters got off their arses and voted which was good. But, the turnout was still only 68.7%, which means almost a third of the country didn’t vote! Surely now is the time to start ‘forcing’ people to vote? A fine if you don’t at least put a cross next to the Monster Raving Looneys. Has to be a priority for the left.
Locally, Owen ‘oily’ Smith retained his high paid job (the basic annual salary for an MP from 1 April 2016 is £74,962. MPs also receive expenses to cover the costs of running an office, employing staff, having somewhere to live in London and in their constituency, and travelling between Parliament and their constituency) while the people who voted for him aspire to become JAMs, visit food banks and claim benefits. But what was the alternative? A horsey, Tory woman flown in from Oxford or local plumber Mike Powell, who can’t compete with the expensive party machine at Mr Smith’s disposal. There is an argument for voting Plaid Cymru in Wales yet even though 20% speak Welsh only 10% voted for ‘the party of Wales’. For me though a bigger threat is the fact that almost 34% voted for the nasties! Do we blame an influx of foreign, Anglo-Saxon migrants for this? I suppose we have to. The map of England is almost all blue even though they still didn’t win 50% of the vote. The answer to these lies and statistics? PR maybe?
Another weird fact – more people voted for UKIP than wanted to save the planet, while almost 2,000 people think they’re pirates.
I could go on but I’ll stop now. For more discussion visit the Llanover Arms, every Friday, about 5pm.