The poor state of UK politics can be highlighted in the reactions of the two main Brit Nat parties to their hammering at the local elections in England.
The final tally of results from these elections show that the main pro-Brexit parties were hammered with voters abandoning them in droves. The Conservatives were the biggest losers with 1,334 councillors lost as well as control of 44 councils, Labour lost 82 councillors and control of 6 councils while UKIP lost 145 councillors. All these parties are advocating Brexit but it seemed the voters reacted to that by ditching their candidates. On the other hand the Lib Dems gained 703 councillors and control of 10 councils while the Greens gained 194 councillors. Both these parties are unequivocally pro-EU.
There were also 612 Independent councillors elected but as they represented a range of views its difficult to extrapolate how the election of these councillors can feed into the Brexit debate.
Of course, there are many reasons why people vote for one candidate over another. There is also the common problem of voters basing their decision on national rather than local issues – this has always been a problem for local elections where it is difficult for local candidates to get their message across compared to the mainstream media’s obsession with national figures and issues.
However, from the results it is clear that parties supporting Brexit got hammered and those supporting the EU won significant gains. In any normal country this would be an indication that the public is turning against Brexit and it’s time to think again about this decisive issue. But in the UK that’s not the case. Both Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn are claiming voters turned against them because they weren’t pro-Brexit enough! They both claimed that the results showed they have to make Brexit happen faster rather than apply the brakes and look again at this issue. This really is a case of the lunatics taking over the asylum – you don’t like my policy so I’m going to force it through faster – they both appear to be thinking!
Scotland has an opportunity of escaping from this madhouse and that’s by grabbing independence. Another benefit of Independence is we get away from the liars in British politics (well at least some of them) such as Boris Johnston – the MP most Tories want as their next leader and our Prime Minister. Bumbling Boris has a habit of making a fool of himself but this time he tweeted that he’d already voted in the local elections and encouraged others to get out and vote. Very admirable until you realise he stays in London and there were no local elections in London! The tweet was swiftly removed but, as usual, someone grabbed a copy of it. You have to ask yourself if Boris can so easily lie about voting in a non-existent election what else is he capable of lying about? It’s difficult to understand why this clown hasn’t been kicked out of Parliament for his lies, maybe that’s a reflection on the UK Parliament, the UK media or simply UK politics in general.