Quote from: rufus the dawg on Yesterday at 01:01:28Crikey, no one like a told you so, but.
Yes, well done on your prediction - and very warm congratulations on being right about something.
I was really tense all day, counting the hours and minutes to the exit poll. I had a countdown timer running on my desktop PC. These days they aren't off by much and you pretty much find out what's happened at 10pm. I thought a 20-30 majority was possible but it felt too much to hope for, and the BBC had been doing its best to organise a hung parliament for the last couple of days of the campaign. I was half expecting one, and although I thought we'd be able to stay in power, I hadn't ruled out the possibility of the opposition parties being able to cobble together some sort of Frankenstein's monster of a government to betray the British people.
I refer to "we" there, though I have actually let my membership lapse due to Theresa's shennanigans. I must fix that next week.
I did think a Labour majority was nigh-on impossible, but Jeremy Corbyn in charge of the country, even in a seriously compromised capacity, was a nightmare I couldn't have faced. Maybe the Lib Dems would have insisted on someone else.
For the last few seconds of the countdown to the exit poll I had assumed the foetal position and was hyperventilating slightly. My lovely wife, whom frankly I suspect of having voted Lib Dem earlier in the day though I have tried not to broach the subject, was getting a bit pissed off with this.
And when the numbers came up I couldn't quite take in what I was seeing for a moment. Didn't know whether to be relieved or overjoyed. But I was still a little tense until it was reported that a recount was taking place at Blyth Valley.
Being from the North East I could not believe that one. Jaw-dropping moment. But that told me that the Labour leave vote had indeed abandoned Labour in huge numbers. They simply were not buying Labour's laughable promise to "get Brexit sorted in six months", and that exit poll was pretty close.
Labour will get Blyth Valley, Stockton South, Bishop Auckland and the other (usually) safe seats in their heartlands back very easily next time. All they have to do is elect a moderate, vaguely honest leadership that cares more about the welfare of British working people than international radicalism and identity politics. People sitting round their pints down the working men's club in Workington or Durham don't give a shit about that.