Danny Chambers MRCVS had a disappointing night after seeing the Liberal Democrat share of the vote in North Cornwall decrease by 5.8%, leaving him trailing 14,752 votes behind the Conservative candidate Scott Mann who scored 30,671.
Meanwhile Ian Fleming MRCVS, who stood as an independent candidate for the Halesowen and Rowley Regis constituency, got 190 votes. The winning Conservative candidate, James Morris, gained 25,607 votes.
Many people will no doubt feel that the overall Conservative majority of 80 seats is a disastrous result; people who simply cannot bear Boris and fear what he'll do with a majority; people who saw a land of milk and honey and free broadband and publicly-owned railways that run on time and an A&E waiting time of less than 30 seconds and guillotines for the rich, only to have their hopes dashed. They must be gutted.
Equally it can be argued that this is the best possible result for the country. A decisive vote. Now, finally, we can all move on from 3 years of interminable debate about whether we're staying or going or having another referendum or cancelling the whole thing and going down the pub instead. Now the government can concentrate on implementing brexit. Perhaps the country can at last unite around that purpose.
Boris may not prove the disaster that some people think. He's not hard right. Quite the reverse. And having won all those safe Labour seats, he'll have to deliver for them. He has a good sense of humour ("Let's get breakfast done."), but that does not make him a fool or a charlatan. On the contrary, wit requires brainpower. And as for the accusations of being a liar, perhaps people will come to understand that flowery use of language does not itself make someone dishonest. Perhaps people will learn to stop interpreting his words so literally.
Time will tell, but there is cause for optimism this morning. Whichever side of the fence you sit, we must all be glad of one thing ... no more arguing about whether or not we're leaving.
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the latter half of the article seems oddly partisan for a news article - and any hopes that this is the end of argument over brexit is naive. Boris may or may not be hard right (after the stuff that falls out of his mouth who even knows any more), but the cabinet that's propping him up is definitely on the last bit of the right wing before you step over the line into fringe politics
I've re-written one paragraph for your non-English readers, some of whom might find the term "country" ambiguous ;-)
"Equally it can be argued that this is the best possible result for England. A decisive vote. Now, finally, England can move on from 3 years of interminable debate about whether England is staying* or going* or having another referendum** or cancelling the whole thing and going down the pub instead. Now the government can concentrate on implementing brexit. Perhaps England can at last unite around that purpose."
* refers to EU membership, not UK membership
** refers to EU referendums only and relevant only to England, referendums on UK membership for Scotland and Northern Ireland not included
Will McMullan exaggerated assessment of the opposition? No, it wasn't exaggerated. Be in no doubt that the cost of those kinds of socialist policies: free internet, renationalising everything, massive spending on public services, would have made us both, not to mention the rest of the country, very much poorer. Defence of Boris. Actually, I am not his biggest fan. My point is just that those who lost need to come to terms with it, and we all now need to unite and move on. charlievelyn - well, I am not sure where it says that an opinion piece should not be published on VetSurgeon.org. I think what you mean is that you think it is an inappropriate place. And I absolutely recognise your right to that opinion. I have taken it on board (much as I hate that cliche).
Yes I meant isn't, thanks! Perhaps I should remove the necessarily: it's not an appropriate place!
Yes I thought it quite strange that this article descended into a defence of Boris and a rather exaggerated assessment of his opposition.
I guess you meant 'not necessarily'? And you're not necessarily wrong ;}
I would argue that, as an opinion piece, the News section of this forum is necessarily the most appropriate place for the latter part of this article
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