Random reflections after a terrible election (1)
Here is an email message about another new blog post on Ephems, at http://www.barder.com/4466, “Random reflections after a terrible election (1)“. Having tried and failed to come up with plausible answers to such questions as “What went so badly wrong?” and “What should Labour do now?”, I offer instead a few random thoughts about: some of the distortions produced by First Past the Post, especially for UKIP which came third in votes and should have won 82 seats under proportional representation but actually won only one — and what would be the implications of UKIP as the third biggest party in the House of Commons?; the Tories’ all too effective Four Mendacious Mantras, and Labour’s failure to rebut them; the surge of Scottish and now English nationalisms and the failure of the Conservatives and Labour to develop a vision of a constitutional future for the UK that could satisfy the its four constituent nations’ legitimate ambitions for self-government, in a federal UK; and the unwelcome instant interventions by Lord Mandelson and Messrs Blair, Straw and Blunkett (Mr Attlee would have known what to say to them). There is, too, a list of some of the depressing issues likely to face us in the coming months and an unconvincing suggestion for how to remain tranquil in spite of them.
Your comments on the new blog post, supportive or damning, are most welcome. Please post them at http://www.barder.com/4466, not in reply to this email, unless they are purely personal.
Gloomy greetings from a blogger in mourning
11 May 2015