In 2010, I was pretty much convinced that the Tories would win with a small majority and so was reasonably pleased with the hung parliament, not foreseeing that the fucking LibDems would sell their souls down the river (but of course they would; the prime purpose of politics is to win).
In 2015, I believed the opinion polls and thought the exit poll might be wrong, which it was, but not in the way we wanted it to be. I therefore received a triple whammy when I woke up this morning. Not only was there no Lab/SNP coalition, not only was there no hung parliament with no party able to form a majority, but there Wasn't. Even. A. Con. LibDem. Coalition. A Tory majority. How the fuck did that happen? John Lanchester explains it pretty simply here, although fails to mention the appalling "reporting" by the right wing press. How it all hinged on how the leader of a political party eats a sodding sandwich.
In 2010, I was angry and manic, now I feel sad and depressed and I don't feel that I don't want to feel like that. I'm finding it hard to focus on anything else and am wallowing and making myself feel worse by reading things like this and this. I feel as you do when you have a bereavement, that you don't want to think of anything else but you know you must - to move on, not to sink.
I once opined that people who vote Tory are either stupid or selfish (or both) and I can't move away from that. It feels horrendous that stupid and selfish people decide what kind of country we live in.
On the other hand, UKIP lost one seat and didn't gain another, but still, they received 13% of the vote, coming second in many Labour heartland seats. The only real positive I can find is that Red London may vote in a Labour mayor next year. Unless the execrable Katie Hopkins stands for the Conservatives, they'll have lost their personality (sic) candidate, and so I'm hoping that the people of Enfield, Redbridge, Barking, Ealing, Hammersmith, Hackney, Islington, Tower Hamlets, Lambeth, Southwark, Lewisham, Croydon, Hendon, Harrow, Brent, Waltham Forest, Bexley, Camden, Haringey, Barnet and Newham* will vote Labour.
* the boroughs with at least one Labour MP.