The ‘Tories think about offering Nando’s discount card to young people to join their party’ thing was good for a laugh, but it underlies a fucked up message that the Tories apparently think so little of the young that they believe they can almost irreparably fuck over an entire generation with their policies but that a promise of cheaper chicken would be enough for that generation to forgive them and pay to throw their lot in with the hideous bastards.
So here’s a question: Why do the Liberal Democrats winning 8 council majorities seem to be annoying Labour voters so much?
I know the usual and obvious answer but let’s look at this logically. These are the councils the Liberal Democrats won:
Cheltenham – No Labour presence
Eastleigh – No Labour presence
Kingston – Okay Labour lost two seats here but they only had 2 anyway
Richmond – No Labour presence
South Cambridgeshire – Gained 1 seat, grand total of 2 out of 45 seats
South Lakeland – Gained 1 seat, grand total of 3 out of 51 seats
Sutton – No Labour presence
Three Rivers – Broke even, grand total of 3 out of 39 seats
These are not places where Labour is on the cusp of victory if only those pesky Liberal Democrats didn’t split their vote.
To assume that without the Lib Dems, Labour would be massive electoral forces on these councils is a huge leap from the more realistic answer that without the Liberal Democrats these councils would be pretty damn solid and impenetrable Tory majorities with an eclectic spate of independents and some minority presence from Labour or the Greens. Certainly not enough to challenge the majority.
I get that it’s annoying when your party isn’t always winning all the time, but surely we must all agree that any loss for the Tories is a gain for the nation as a whole at this point.
Unless you’re one of those people who genuinely think the Liberal Democrats are worse than the Tories, but if you think that frankly you’re beyond help and I don’t care to know you.
I swear at this point our government’s only real plan for Brexit negotiations is just to throw out whatever idea they happen to be thinking of at the time and just pray that they can get away with it and that somehow nobody would ever notice how stupid it is.
Then when called on it, they immediately back down. They form a new huddle, and the outcome is that they propose some other nonsense idea that’s immediately laughed out of the room.
I think literally anyone could do a better job of it than our government is currently managing. Just pick like 5 people off the street at random. Don’t even tell them what they’re doing, just bundle them blindfolded into the back of a van and dump them out in Brussels. They’d still get on better than Theresa May’s embarrassing lunatics.
Oh sure, let’s give the disastrous monster even more things to fuck up!
It can no longer be denied that the Tories have a deeply-rooted pathological and ideological hatred of our nation’s health service and want it actively destroyed, burned, sold off in chunks like scrap and the land it occupied salted for the rest of time.
Oh, and Boris Johnson is still Foreign Secretary. Because of course he is.
On the one hand I’m a Labour supporter who is happy that Jeremy Corbyn is leading Labour back to being a proper challenge to the Tories and their hideous government after Gordon Brown and Ed Miliband kind of screwed the pooch on the matter.
But on the other hand I’m a Liberal Democrat supporter who deep down is pissed off that what the aforementioned point does is help to reinforce the bullshit and broken two-party dynamic that’s been a complicit factor in throttling the life out of the democracy of this country and that desperately needs to be replaced.
… and yes, I said I’m partly a Liberal Democrat supporter. Bring on the anger.