Staying up all night didn’t help make things better here in Lewes, UK, after yesterday’s General Election. All it did was make me feel tired and disgruntled this morning and thus even more depressed than I would’ve been to find that my home town, the place I’ve always thought of as a civilised liberal enclave in a largely barbaric country has gone Conservative.
It is bad enough that the country has now got a fully elected Conservative government but we have also lost our excellent local Member of Parliament, Norman Baker, as part of the general massacre of the Liberal-Democrats in Britain who have been punished for their role in the previous Coalition government. I’m not quite sure what this particular protest has achieved other than a Conservative majority.
Oh well, we live in interesting times and we shall have to get used to the loss of a number of familiar faces in our political life including, of course defeated party leaders Miliband and Clegg, . The quirky but dedicated and effective Mr. Baker will be missed as will, I’m afraid, Britain’s liberal voice. Now it will all be about Nationalism and fear – the little English as well as the Scottish varieties. I suppose, this could well mean the end of the United Kingdom as we have known it.
Norman Baker said: “I don’t think it was about anything which happened here. We ran a good campaign…This is about the national picture and fear of the SNP (Scottish Nationalist Party)…My political career is finished as far as I’m concerned. I shall now do something else. I will not be standing for Parliament again.”