Friday, 8 May 2015

Three tribes in the UK after the General Election May 2015

London's only daily paper always backs the Conservatives

London bucked the national trend with Labour winning more seven more seats in the capital than in the 2010 General Election.
This didn't stop the Conservative Party winning a working majority across the UK in the 2015 General Election held on 7 May) - or prevent pundits from saying Labour needs a radical rethink, especially with the London mayoral elections due in May 2016.

Labour won 45 seats in London in the General Election 2015, up by seven from 2010.
Conservatives won 27 seats, one less than five years ago.
Liberal Democrats won only one seat, losing six of their 2010 seats.
The election splits the United Kingdom roughly into five main tribes. 

Conservative voters fearful of losing their slither of housing market prosperity to the extent they vote for austerity and cuts to public services.

Labour voters in a post-industrial archipelago from south Wales to the Midlands and north-east who would rather spit in their own socks than vote Conservative.

Scottish 'red nationalists' advocating Swedish-style social democracy and devolved power. 

English nationalists who blame Britain's decline as a world economic and geo-political player force on the European Union and immigration.

Liberals and Greens who believe the market can be regulated to guarantee socially beneficial outcomes.

Here's some reactions to the election outcome from people on Twitter.

'Just woke up and it wasn't a nightmare. The spectacle of millions of turkeys voting for Christmas was real. How truly dreadful.'

'Goodbye NHS.
Goodbye welfare state.
Goodbye human rights.
Hello in/out EU referendum.
Hello Trident renewal.
Hello £30bn more austerity.'

'Ed Balls is gone. Labour's slightly slower austerity message wasn't supported.' @jeremyhoad

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'1 million @TheGreenParty votes = 1 seat
10 million Conservative votes = 325 seats.
And our voting system isn't broken?'

'There is no parliamentary or legal road to stopping these cuts, we must take to the streets. It is the only power we have.'

(These tweets appear here merely as a snapshot of some of the reactions to the election outcome; it doesn't mean they're endorsed!)

© Paul Coleman, London Intelligence, May 2015

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