The left wing are beside themselves wondering what went wrong in the UK. They think yet again that the voters were duped, that they were stupid and they get what they deserve…such is their disconnect with how democracy works.
There are cries of a need for Proportional Representation but as David Farrar points out that wouldn’t have really helped them either.
The real problem is their underlying socialist and swingeing attitude to controlling the masses.
Tony Blair, of all people, saw it coming. As long ago as January, he told The Economist magazine that the 2015 election campaign would be one ‘in which a traditional Left-wing party competes with a traditional Right-wing party, with the traditional result’.
‘A Tory win?’ asked his interviewer.
‘Yes,’ Mr Blair replied. ‘That is what happens.’
Whatever you might think of Mr Blair, he proved a much better soothsayer than the vast majority of pollsters and pundits.
For Thursday’s election was not merely a disappointment for Ed Miliband and the Labour Party. It was a disaster, a catastrophe, an utter debacle to rank with the very worst defeats of the Eighties.
The seeds of Labour’s defeat were, I think, sown at the very moment when, on September 25, 2010, Ed Miliband was announced as the party’s new leader. As I wrote at the time, the problem was not so much his goofy manner and geeky personality, but the fact he had so comprehensively refused to learn from those previous defeats.
Mr Miliband’s appeal to Labour activists, and especially to his patrons and paymasters in the giant trades unions, can be put very simply.
He stood for the leadership on the basis that he was not Tony Blair, that New Labour was dead and that he would rekindle the Left-wing spirit of the Seventies and Eighties.