Friday, June 27, 2008

The Morning After The Night Before

The Henley by-election result in full is here.

I usually don't post about by-elections, witness my lack of blathering about Crewe and Nantwich where I was campaign manager for Mike Nattrass, but last night was a worrying result.

All the smaller parties, from the Liberal Democrats down, got disappointing results. The electorate seems to despise New Labour now with such an intensity that their intentions have gone beyond giving them a bloody nose, by protest voting for a smaller party, to absolutely kicking them to death by voting Conservative. Yes in Henley the Tories were always going to win, but not so obviously in Crewe and Nantwich.

As in 1997, when Blair trounced Major, and 1979 when Thatcher trounced Callaghan, there seems to be a fundamental change of mood in the country with the Conservatives benefitting. Are we destined to be stuck in a two party rotating dictatorship for good? A very worrying prospect but you must wonder after the last two by-elections.

7 comments:

T Bishop Finger said...

UKIP will be better off under a Conservative Government. Like the BNP capitalised on Labour's failings, UKIP can pick apart at the Conservatives.

Mark Wadsworth said...

Yes.

Mark Wadsworth said...

GS, re your one-man campaign against suitcases on wheels, watch 2 mins 30 seconds in.

Mark Wadsworth said...

"GB" not "GS" obviously. Typo.

Gregg Beaman said...

Don't follow that Mark. Am I being a bit dim?

Gregg Beaman said...

Yes Mark, as far as suitcases on wheels are concerned that fully vindicates my position I think.

Gregg Beaman said...

I've now caught up with the "GS" "GB" business. Forgive me but got up too early this morning.