In the build up to the election all of the polls indicated that Labour and Conservatives were neck-and-neck. Media coverage centred on who the Conservatives or Labour were likely to enter into a coalition with. No one predicted the astonishing victory for Cameron, the heavy defeat for Miliband, and utter annihilation of the Liberal Democrats. So why did the elections turn out the way they did?
…except the SNP surge did not stop at wiping out Labour and the Liberal Democrats in Scotland. It gave David Cameron the perfect weapon to crush them both South of the border. The politics of fear may not be the most honourable or truthful way of securing votes but if it can be both sufficiently terrifying and somewhat believable while it remains the most devastating tool available to the parties of the establishment.
As the dust settles after a night and day of high drama David Cameron has the seats required to form a Conservative majority government. It certainly has been an unpredictable 24 hours. The results have been drastically different to the countless polls which put the Conservatives and Labour neck at neck. So what happened?
Two million people have gone to the polling stations, not with the intention to vote for the party that they support, but with the intention of keeping the opposition out.
Commentators are predicting and politicians are scaremongering about all different kinds of potential governments which could be formed after polls show another failure by the traditional duopoly to form a majority.
In reality however there are only two or three realistic outcomes after May 7th.
With the General Election on the horizon and no party expected to win a majority, it appears that like five years ago, the UK will have a hung parliament after 7th May. Support for Labour and the Conservatives now appears to be neck and neck, with a ComRes poll published on 2nd May showing each party with 33% of the public’s prospective …
With only just about two thirds of eligible voters actually voting in the 2001, 2005 and 2010 general elections (59.4%, 61.3%, 65.0% respectively) as well as a lack of genuine public interest in the politics, policies, and characters of the protagonists in our political system, it begs the question as to whether the real problem with politics is not the …