Gordon has kissed hands with the Queen and the campaign is up and running. “Britain deserves better” says David Cameron. That is true, but we aren’t going to get it from HIM. Here is what I hope we will wake up to on May 7th.
I really don’t want to see a Conservative government elected. The UKIP candidate in Hove recently accused me of not being open-minded. Guilty as charged. I have little if any confidence in the ability of George Osbourne to manage the economy. The Conservative Party may pretend to have reformed itself, but it is instinctively a party that cuts public expenditure and public services. It continues to claim to be a party of small government.
Be clear, a vote for the Conservatives will mean savage cuts and even greater support for big business than even Labour will deliver.
I hope Labour ends up with the most seats but not an overall majority, not because it deserves a further term, but because it is the lesser of two evils. Labour will cut, but some of the excesses that can be expected from the Tories may be tempered, especially if Labour forms a minority government..
While hung parliaments are not a great thing generally, I hope that the new parliament will have more independents and minority parties upon whom Labour will need to depend to get its programme through. This would mean that the Whips will have less influence.
Amongst the minor parties I hope and expect that the Greens will win their first seat, Caroline Lucas in Brighton Pavilion. I also hope that there will be further successes for the Greens, but my lack of knowledge about campaigns elsewhere requires me to remain silent on those campaigns.
Locally, I hope Stormin’ Norman Baker holds Lewes (likely), Labour holds Hove and Brighton Kemptown (both unlikely), and Michael Foster holds Hastings and Rye (very possible).
I remain an admirer of Nancy Platts and would wish to see her in Parliament – perhaps she could beat the sitting Tory MP for Brighton Kemptown in the next general election …. in October.
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