It’s Friday morning, and unless the numbers are decisive, the media will be doing their utmost to make sure David Cameron is back in Downing Street. The electorate who voted the previous day will have little say in the matter.
So where does that leave us?
The Tory Party may well be able to form a Government with whoever will support their extreme policies. They are faced with an electorate who have rejected everything they have done and said over the past five years, and during the election campaign. They have no mandate to continue with their discredited “long-term economic plan”, something that has long since fallen off the Tory campaign cliff. But continue it they will.
At that point the Tory media, and Tory supporters, will be make great play of the rejection of Labour, the SNP, the Greens and Plaid Cymru. They will ignore the fact that they too are rejected. That will signal the point at which the Tory Party will have lost any moral authority to speak for the British people. No longer will any Tory politician be able to stand up say, “The people of this country ……………”, because the majority of people in this country most definitely don’t want Tories. In effect, the Tory Party will be reduced to a minority rump of voters, possibly supported by what remains of the LibDems, and of course their media friends.
The LibDems, having spent the past five years on a life support machine, will find the electorate queuing up to pull out the plug.
The Labour Party, once the bastion of working class socialists, will have to face up to what it has become, a party who believe in the capitalist way and globalisation, and, having adopted that belief, all they can do is to mitigate the extremes of capitalism. Nothing more. Gone are the days when Labour could rightly claim to be radically changing society. That role now falls to the new emerging parties. And that’s where, slowly, Labour voters will continue to migrate.
Any party that wants a majority will have to respond to the people: on the economy; on market regulation; on ownership; on jobs; on the media & ownership; on public services; on education; on health; on housing; on reform of Westminster; on local democracy; on the environment; on defence. The parties that do respond will grow. The parties that continue with the old ways will wither and die, as will the country if it continues with 19th & 20th century politics
Hope, and the future, is in the balance.