Despite a hard fought campaign by Ed Miliband and polls which had suggested a neck and neck race in the British election the British Tories led by David Cameron have won a majority government in yesterday’s British election. The election was also a disaster for the Liberal democrats who lost 49 of their 57 seats. But it was unfortunately for British unionism and the Scottish Labour party a triumph for the Scottish nationalists who won 56 of the 59 seats in Scotland. They will be a serious trouble maker for the cause of unity in Great Britain and a major lobby for promoting further devolution of powers and a second referendum sooner rather than later. Miliband who is an intelligent intellectual and a competent political campaigner who fought a good campaign has nothing to be ashamed of, despite the grotesque caricature of him presented to the British public by the rabid Tory tabloid press in Britain. He has resigned the leadership and time will tell what role if any he will play in the future of the Labour party.
Cameron with 331 seats out of 650 has a very workable small majority which will enable him and the Tories to implement their neo-con program of further austerity,a referendum on staying or leaving the European union ;further cuts to the welfare state, further erosion of the NHS and in economic policy more Thatcherite anti -Keynesian policies unless some of the red tories on the back benches balk at such a decisive rightward drift. We shall see what develops but I believe that tough times lie ahead for Britain’s poor and young people.
The election as the results displayed below show also will reawaken the demands for a reconsideration of the British anti democratic first past the post electoral system which we are also burdened with in Canada. The absurdities it produces are plainly there for all to see. For example the UKIP received 3.881 million votes but only elected 1 member.the Irish SDLP 99,809 votes but garnered 3 members. The Democratic unionists with 184,260 votes won 8 seats as compared to UKIP with only 1 despite receiving 21 times as many votes. the Greens got 1.157 million votes and 1 seat. The SNP got 1.454 million votes but won 56 seats. The system is awful in terms of its anti-democratic unfairness. As a percentage of the vote the Tories won 36.9 % of the vote but won 51 %of the seats. The Lib Dems got 2.416 million votes and won 8 seats the same number the Democratic unionists won with 184,260 votes. But with a Tory majority government nothing will be done about this for another five years.
Party Seats Votes percentage share
Conservatives 331 11,334,920 36.9 %
Labour 232 9,344,920 30.4 %
SNP 56 1,454,436 4.7 %
LibDems 8 2,415888 7.9%
UKIP 1 3,881,129 12.6%
Green 1 1,157,613 3.8 %
Plaid Cymru 3 181,694 0.6 %
Democ Unionist 8 184,260 o.6 %
SDLP 3 99,809 0.3 %
Ulster Unionist 2 114,935 0.4 %
Sinn Fein 4 176,232 0.6 %
Total eligible voters 46,425 Voter turnout 66.1 %