The Ancien Regime
A random browse on the net threw up Dire Day for Tories so why were the pundits hammering Labour? Commenters like safe, dependable narratives. We all have different takes on issues of the day. My thoughts aren’t identical to those of the above mentioned site. That’s politics. This time the protest vote didn’t develop in a safe, dependable way, but rather as an aftershock of the media and mainstream party obsession with UKIP. Labour will know as much as they want about UKIP, having lauded the conditions that birthed it.
The UK Local Elections
There are just over 20,000 council seats spread around cities, towns and villages in the UK. Just under 4,000 of those were up for grabs on 22/05/2014. Local elections are about local issues. Unsurprisingly, mainstream party messages are largely irrelevant although it can be unwise to air this view. This was best summed up by Ed Milibrand’s morning after reaction, which was effectively, ‘I’m thrilled to have won part of the protest vote’.
Is there practical value in political glamour being helicoptered in?
The elections could have been allowed to stay local but the mainstream parties and the media decided to make them about UKIP.
The media ran smear stories against average people, many of whom had had little experience of present day politics. The voter was given a treat; the establishment versus its citizens, with UKIP as a bogey. Voters that looked beyond the spin saw a different choice: the status quo or change. The mainstream parties see UKIP as a threat and thus have afforded it a platform. However they’ve dealt with neither the symptoms nor the cause of its popularity,
I chose not to vote.