I think it probably goes without saying that I have what we’ll called mixed feelings about Chuka Umunna joining the Liberal Democrats.
What I don’t understand most about it is people mocking it as a careerist self-serving political move to preserve his own interests.
Dude left the Labour Party, despite holding a safe as all hell Labour seat, to join a failed experiment that immediately collapsed and then went from that to joining a party that has taken the vast majority of everyone’s shit for the past 9 fucking years to the point where they’re still almost universally regarded as a political punchline for so many people.
At the next election he has to try and overturn effectively his own 26,285 vote majority or he’s out of a job.
The Liberal Democrat candidate in his seat at the last election got 34,601 less votes than he did.
This was not a smart careerist move for him, because he’s basically (barring some electoral wizardry or miracle) fucked himself right out of Parliament eventually.
I know the Lib Dems are polling well right now and cleaned up well in London in the European Parliamentary elections but come on now.
Unless he thinks he got 38,212 votes based on his singular political brilliance and not as a result of the colour of rosette he happened to be wearing, and if that’s his thinking then my mixed feelings about him joining get decidedly less mixed because if he thinks that he’s obviously a moron.
Sometimes it’s fun to imagine a parallel universe out there where in 2010 the Liberal Democrats soared into government with a solid majority, didn’t have to bloody themselves with damaging compromise in coalition, and literally none of the absolute bullshit of the last 9 years ever happened.
No David Cameron, no Lib Dems getting sent into electoral exile, no EU referendum, no Brexit, actual electoral reform to eliminate FPTP, no Theresa May, no Tory leadership challenge, no Boris Johnson as PM-in-waiting.
… sorry did I say it was fun to think that?
What I meant to say is WHY THE FUCK ARE WE STUCK IN THIS STUPID HORRIFIC TIMELINE!?
Politics is kind of fucking crazy right now if you look at Westminster voting intention polling recently.
This is a very mixed bag in terms of ‘good thing’ or ‘bad thing’ opinions about it.
The good is that the Liberal Democrats are way up, that Tories are collapsing, that UKIP is dead, and to a lesser extent that Change UK are a total irrelevance.
The bad is that roughly one full quarter of the voting population are apparently willing to vote into Parliament members of a party that has no manifesto and absolutely no policy positions on anything that isn’t just complaining that Brexit hasn’t happened yet.
I may hate the Tories and be largely just sick of Labour in general but at least they actually have policies and ideas.
The Brexit Party is the height of pure anti-intellectualism in politics and it leading the polling is nothing short of fucking dangerous.
On the one hand the Labour Party won the Peterborough by-election and kept the Brexit Party out of Parliament for now.
On the other hand, almost 10,000 people just voted to elect an MP from a party with absolutely no manifesto whatsoever and thus no actual position on literally any issue outside of wanting Brexit to be given to them harder and faster.
This is the terrifying rise of pure anti-intellectual fuckery in our politics now. People voting on blind ill-informed faith on one subject based purely on emotion and hurt feelings.
If we don’t soundly defeat this bullshit, we’re all turbo-fucked people.