Friday, June 9, 2017

Oh, what a lovely day

It's always lovely to see Tory hubris being rewarded by a heavy swing to Labour.  A few months ago, Britain's chinless wonders thought Labour was in such bad shape they could call a snap election and dramatically increase their majority, and Kiwiblog featured headlines like "Will this be the death of UK Labour?"

This afternoon, I'm watching the UK election results come in and the only death resulting from it will be the death of Theresa May's tenure as Prime Minister.  The Tories will still win (at time of writing, they have 290 seats vs Labour's 249), but hopes of an increased majority are dashed, Labour has won many Conservative-held seats (including the odd cabinet minister's seat) and Corbyn stands vindicated. May's resignation as PM has to follow.

For my money, that's a good result. Whoever forms the next government is going to cop all the ugly fallout from the Brexit negotiations, and I'd rather the blame for it was sheeted home to the party responsible for it: the Conservative Party.  This is a great day.

NZ Labour take note.  Even with terrible polling and the news media constantly pouring out vile propaganda against you, it's possible to win if you have policies people can feel good about and a leader who's relaxed and honest in his dealings with people.


David said...

It also shows that a leader with the right policies can be hated by his own party's MP's, but appeal to the electorate.

Seems Adolf, GD and Vet are still waiting on their talking poinst before posting today. :-)

Anonymous said...

It seems my previous scribblings re Corbyn's attractiveness to the public have been share up 34%. For a leader with all the main National papers and some of his own MP's denigrating and at times lying about him it is phenomenal performance.

Lord Egbut

Anonymous said...

One day there will be a revolution against all these leftards.

Ciaron said...

My sources tell me it had more to do with the weapons-grade-stupid move of releasing a manifesto promising to enact the most unpalatable conservative policies that caused the horses to bolt. Simply running a steady as she goes might have secured the desired result.

It will be most interesting to see if Bill makes the same mistake here come September.

Anonymous said...

Clarion...Corbyns call to re-nationalise rail electricity and water with banning zero hours contracts and free tuition had nothing to do with it??

Lord Egbut

Anonymous said...

Guess New Zealand's Labour Party is fucked then.


Ciaron said...

Not high up on the list from people I've heard from, but no doubt a factor for others. I don't care enough to go digging through the numbers, but it'd be interesting to see how many people abandoned the Conservatives over their manifesto compared to the youth vote Corbyn mobilized with stuff paid for by others.

Interesting times indeed.
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