You get the government you vote for. That is what I shall remind Rochester and Strood voters of in 5, 10, or 15 years, when no doubt they’ll be looking back at Mark Reckless and his UKIP successors, and what they’ve done to this country. Because yes, the too-Tory-for-the-Tories party has won another by-election, meaning their power now stands at: 2 MPs, 24 MEPs, 3 Lords, and 368 councillors. On Thursday the 20th of November, R&S voters headed to the polls in a haze of Euroskeptic, slightly racist, vague anger at the establishment, and voted for another establishment party. Apparently, if you get seen drinking beers, laughing in pubs and wearing horrible tweed jackets, you’re a man of the people. Who knew!
Thanks to single-minded anti-immigration and anti-EU voters, combined with the total lack of efficacy in the three main political parties, voters in Clacton have shifted to the far-right and elected the UK’s first ever UKIP MP, Douglas Carswell.
Because Clacton Tory MP Douglas Carswell has defected to UKIP, a by-election has been triggered. Carswell is now standing as a UKIP candidate, and polling shows he has a good chance of winning. This blogpost is not just an appeal to the voters of Clacton, but to the UK generally, to reject Douglas Carswell, UKIP, and the political world-view that they subscribe to.
These modified infographics from the BBC show how deeply divided Scotland has become over independence. Rural voters are overwhelmingly against the referendum, whilst most urban areas have voted in favour of the measure.