We get what we vote for – 15 years of Tory rule.

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A defining moment for the Conservative party.

We have voted in a Conservative Government and by the end of 2024 we will have pretty well fifteen years with a Conservative Prime Minister. The Labour party has made just one gain and has ended 11% behind its bitter rival. The Liberal Democrats are in bits, Brexit will happen and we await to find which Boris Johnson turns up today.

The English heartland

The people who have voted the Conservatives a big majority yesterday have chosen Conservative candidates. If you believe in the democratic system we have in the UK (and I don’t believe there is a better) then we must accept first and foremost, that it is not what the losers did wrong but what the winners did right; – that matters now.

What the Conservatives did right was to create a coherent view of the future that wiped out UKIP and BREXIT and united England and Wales.  They now properly represent England (and to a degree Wales) in a formidable way.

They are no longer the party of the South

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The Celtic fringe

It is clear the Conservatives do not represent Scotland and that Northern Ireland is as nationalist in its political representative as it has ever been. One nation Conservatism is for the English nation, the United Kingdom is disunited.

One constitutional crisis may be ending , but another is erupting (again).

Chaos for Remain

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City and Westminster – a case in point.

I live and work in the City of London and supported Chukka Umanna candidacy, canvassing and distributing leaflets. I am disappointed by this

Nothing could show the utter stupidity of the opposition parties than the split of the votes in this constituency

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And as for the polls….

Congratulations to Con Keating and Albert Tapper who correctly advised me to go long on a conservative majority of 26 (the prediction of the book-makers).

The polls were a lot more right than wrong.

And of course the exit poll was, once again, right.

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And the market knew it

What happens now (for pensions)

I don’t know much beyond my chosen area of expertise – pensions. From what I can see on pensions, the Conservatives are the least untrustworthy party with some progressive policies.

If the Conservatives choose to , they can now return to the fundamental pension issue which has been kicked down the road these past thirty years.

I expect to see the Pensions Bill to return in the Queen’s Speech. Whether Guy Opperman remains as Pensions Minister is a matter for him, other opportunities may be open to him, continuity is best for pensions.

We get what we vote for

Despite a rotten campaign and rotten weather, we generally voted and turn-out was only down a percentage point despite this being the third election vote in five years and the fourth national vote (if we include the EU referendum).

Anyone who blames this result on the media, the weather, Brexit or even Jeremy Corbyn is insulting the electorate. We voted – in England at least – for Boris Johnson. Those who can’t get why – had better get used to having him – and his style , in charge.

Johnson’s trump card was he was the person who represented what the electorate had chosen. That is the chastening lesson of this election – for many – including me.

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The Conservatives now represent working class people in England and has achieved , (from privilege), what Donald Trump achieved in America.

What should be truly shocking for Momentum , the Unions and the Labour Party is that while Labour votes fell 6% in middle class seats, it feel 12% in what are considered working class constituencies.

Labour – and by extension the Unions and Momentum, are no longer the voice of the working person. It is Boris Johnson who is speaking their language.

About henry tapper

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3 Responses to We get what we vote for – 15 years of Tory rule.

  1. Gerry Flynn says:

    “The Conservatives now represent working class people in England and has achieved , (from privilege), what Donald Trump achieved in America”.

    The problem is that the Conservative do not and never will represent the “working class”, just like America they have been conned by a “snake oil sales man” and they will pay for it over the next 5 years starting with “Brexit”.

  2. Adrian says:

    Gerry, would be interesting to see if your view is the same in 5 years……based on achievements rather than knee jerk reactions.

  3. mk2510 says:

    Remain parties refused to coalesce and handed Boris Johnson the mandate to do what he wants. Remainers tried to ask for more co-operation, followed tactical voting blogs, but party tribalism and seats were more important. And here we are.

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