The Shotgun Blog
Friday, May 07, 2010
Nigel Farage defeated
Former leader of the United Kingdom Independence Party, a small government Eurosceptic party, has been solidly defeated. Nigel Farage came in third recieving 17.4% of the vote. It would have been nice to have him to balance the newly elected Green Party member.
UKIP turned out to be nothing, Farage should have stayed as an MEP. He is a great speaker and has the gall to tell it to their faces.
The Tories need to convince LibDems and Labour that the budget must be trimmed to avoid a Greek-style crisis. I don't know how they will do it though. They must also say NO to proportional representation.
Posted by: Floyd Looney | 2010-05-07 8:44:59 AM
Cameron blew the chance for a big majority when he moved to the center. He lost votes when he turned his back on support for a public referendum on continued EU membership. He lost votes when he failed to seriously address illegal immigration. He talked about Britain's rising street crime but never stated how he was going to fix it. He didn't propose radical spending cuts, or privatizations, or large scale tax cuts like Thatcher. He came out as sympathetic to gay marriage which alienated social conservatives but then lost gay support when he stated that he would allow free votes on certain gay rights legislation. He further lost some right-wingers when he opposed any further restrictions on abortion. The British people are fed up with the leftist policies of Labour. The Liberal Democrats started to fall when people began reading up on their center-left platform(particularly legalizning illegal immigrants). A true Thatcherite(right-wing) Conservative leader could have capitalized on the British public's desire for radical change to win a blowout 1983 style victory. There will probably be another election within a year(look at 1974). Throw out Cameron and put Daniel Hannan or William Hague in charge!
Posted by: Ted | 2010-05-07 4:00:05 PM
He's a bit left of centre. I don't think the public is there yet (wanting radical change). They have less self-awareness than Canadians.
Posted by: lwestin | 2010-05-08 12:40:46 AM
..and by that I do not mean that Canadians are 'self-aware'.
Posted by: lwestin | 2010-05-08 12:42:46 AM
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