A Good Morning for Great Britain
When I awoke this morning it was to the pleasant but surprising news that against all odds and the general consensus of the punditry class, the British Conservative Party had been re-elected with an outright majority government. No need for another coalition with the Liberal Democrats, or some other informal or formal power-sharing agreement. David Cameron will now be Prime Minister in his own right, answerable only to his own party and supporters.
This certainly came as a surprise, I will admit. The predictions had universally been that the best case scenario would be another coalition supported by the Lib Dems, with the far more likely outcome being a Labour minority government propped up on a per vote basis by the Scottish National Party (one shudders at the very thought).Instead, with a slender but significant majority of three hundred and thirty one seats, Cameron and the Conservatives proved to be the party that could and astonished us all.
I am beyond pleased with this result. While I would have liked to see the United Kingdom Independence Party pick up a few more seats, if only to hold Cameron’s feet a bit closer to the fire on Europe, I am a Tory through and through. While I sympathize with many of UKIP’s points I have an extremely negative opinion of rabble-rousing populist parties of any political persuasion, which UKIP most assuredly is. I’m a good old fashioned, reactionary High Tory in my politics, and unapologetic about it, and pandering to mob sentiments never ends well, no matter how noble the motivations for doing so may be.
As it stands I feel optimistic. Cameron had very explicitly pledged to hold an in/out referendum on the EU by 2017, naming it a “dealbreaker” for any future coalition talks. With as slender a majority as this, I would find it highly unlikely that he will be able to backpedal on this promise without sparking mutiny among his own backbenchers. True, Cameron has made clear that he will campaign on the side of the “In” vote, but that is not necessarily a bad thing. It lessens the likelihood of the whole affair turning into a shadow boxing match between the Tories and Labour, and it must be remembered that for all the universal support for the European Experiment among Labour’s leadership, go out among its working-class voter base and you’ll find many an Eurosceptic among them. I cannot help but feel cautiously optimistic, and am actually hoping that within two years’ time we will finally see Britain extract itself from the rotten edifice that is the European Union. Once Britain is safely outside the whole creation can swan off for all I care. They’re welcome to their United Federation of Europe, just so long a Britain isn’t part of it.
Europe aside, I only have positive things to say about Mr. Cameron. Unlike the usual cretins, I have no problem with him being a “toff”. Indeed a government made up of aristocratic, public school boys from the upper classes of society is a positive. Personally I have little desire for the seats of the Commons to be filled by “ordinary folk”, in my experience “ordinary folk” are highly overrated. Having Downing Street occupied by someone with a little bit of class and polish for the next five years will be a welcome change from the Blair/Brown years.
On the economy, Cameron has surprised me by exceeding my expectation. He did indeed prove that underneath his slick, smiling exterior was the hard man that was needed to bring the books back into order and put Britain on the right footing to regain its fiscal balance. Indeed, with a seemingly endless chorus of progressive plebs endlessly proclaiming that “austerity does not work”, Britain has proven itself to be a perfect counter argument that a nation can live within its fiscal means AND also grow its economy. Freed of the constraints of coalition, and the need to worry about re-election in five years time (Cameron has openly stated he will not be seeking a third term), the last possible obstacles to the Conservatives closing the remaining fiscal gap appear to have been lifted. Hopefully, we may all be treated to the sight of Britain bringing in its first budget surplus in decades.
The only dark spot on the horizon that I can see at this point is the worrying question in Scotland. With the SNP now dominating politics across the Highlands, and a Tory government in London that the Nationalists make no pretence about immensely disliking, a clear collision course appears to be set. Being partially of Scottish ancestry myself, I can only say it would be with immense sorrow that I would witness the dissolution of the most Glorious Union were it to come to that. I can only hope and pray it will not. Unquestionably, the case for the Union will need to be made in the strongest terms, and it is very likely that some further dissolution of powers will need to be contemplated again (as annoying as that may be).
Nevertheless, it is truly a beautiful day for both Britain and the wider Commonwealth as a whole. Only a day before we were looking at the very real possibility of Prime Minister Ed Miliband being propped up by Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP (or even worse, the Green Party!). Instead, we look forward to another five years of steady, stable Tory rule.
God save the Queen!