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Friday 13 December 2019

The people haven’t just spoken, they’ve roared, the sonic boom echoing throughout the land has shaken the Labour Party to its foundations, it will take months to clear the rubble, the first big brick being Jeremy Corbyn, the rebuild will most likely take two election cycles. Make no mistake, yesterday’s election has marked a landmark in British politics of epic proportions. And it wasn’t just Labour taking a hammering, the Lib Dems have been decapitated, Jo Swinson lost her Dunbartonshire seat for the second time.

Just two very satisfying by-products of a thumping victory for Boris Johnson’s Conservatives who have won 364 seats, with Tory-held St Ives the only outstanding result. Their majority goes way beyond pre-ballot projections. It’s the Tories’ biggest result since 1983, Labour’s worst performance since 1935, they now have just 203 seats.

Coming into the election campaign, the Tories were sitting on a ten-point lead and were the only major party to advocate Brexit. Understandably, their approach was business like. Boris was carefully stage-managed, until today (see clip above). The satisfaction is therefore to be had from Labour’s much-deserved downfall.  

While the Lib Dems were at least honest in their intent to reverse the will of the people, Labour tried to hold onto their five million Leave voters while outwardly seeking deceive them, and got what they deserved, annihilation across the heartlands. Jeremy Corbyn’s dysfunctional attempt to substitute Brexit for outlandish spending pledges was a complete and utter disaster, arousing more concern about the future of the nation’s finances than any sense of personal benefit to most voters.

Seats that have been Labour-held since they were created, some dating back 130 years, duly tumbled. At the count in Islington North, Corbyn said he would step down as leader, but only after a period of “reflection” to diagnose the problem. Absolutely mad, at least half of the cause is Corbyn himself. Several Labour MPs have called for his immediate resignation, a rational course of action, including Alan Johnson (see below), which means it won’t happen.

Indeed, Labour’s problems are spelt out by this election. The party’s two notable victories were in Putney and Canterbury, both affluent seats, Labour doesn’t cater to people on lower incomes anymore, it merely pretends to care. 

The only disadvantaged people the metro elites who infest the party membership have any concept of are the underlings milling around their urban enclosures. The millions of ordinary Brits living and working in towns and small cities beyond the M25, people who cherish their nation and expect nothing more than a fair day’s work for a fair day’s pay just don’t exist in Labour activists’ minds. Any party with those attitudes circulating around its core should not exist. It’s as simple as that.

But are the Tories the natural party for these voters to migrate towards on a permanent basis? In his speech at 7 AM this morning, the PM appealed to new voters migrating from the left to stick with him. He and his colleagues on the green benches will not take their backing for granted. Noble words, but Boris has also suddenly begun to evoke one nation Toryism, AKA centrist compromise, are we to expect a watered down EU deal? We sincerely hope not, and hope Nigel will continue to hold the establishment’s feat to the fire. 

Time will tell. Certainly, Boris’s mega-majority means he can get just about anything through the Commons. The media, who have ravenously picked up on his hasty one-nation re-branding are certainly hoping for a pivot back to the centre. Yet even they concede the victors of this election are the counties and significant parts of the industrial heartlands, The metropoles have had their say for too long and mucked it up, it’s their turn to listen. 

Other sources of concern is the balance tipping away from the Unionists in Northern Ireland for the first time since partition and the SNP regaining seats, Scotland is now almost completely yellow. Boris will deny a second referendum on independence, an illegal ballot is on the horizon.

Meanwhile, Brussels will be pleased that Boris has a majority to end the uncertainty and get his deal approved by the Commons – the pound jumped as soon as last night’s exit poll was revealed. Michel Barnier will back himself to appeal to Boris’s liberal leanings knowing he can afford to ignore the Brexiteers within his party, but at the same time the prime minister can also ignore the moderates in his party, many of whom are brand new MPs and in no rush to defy the whip.

All things to concern ourselves with in the New Year. For now though we want to express our tremendous thanks for reading our daily blog throughout 2019, we’d love to hear your thoughts on it, and wish you a very happy Christmas.