Politicians and campaign managers in the UK have today, May 4, 2012, been attempting to make sense of yesterdays's Polls. As usual each is trying to talk up any positives regarding their share of the vote and talk down the negative aspects. It seems now that many in the Tory Party are openly blaming the Lib Dem part of their government coalition, for their demise at the polls. They believe that those who voted for the Conservatives at the last General Election want a tougher government. In other words they believe the Lib Dems are holding them back.
That is of course laughable. The Tories did not win a majority vote at the last election so this argument holds little weight. One of the big losers has in fact been the Liberal Democrat Party. After throwing their lot in with the Tories to form a coalition government their popularity has nosedived. It has sunk so fast and so far that it now sits back where it was many years ago. This previous level was at a time when the Lib Dems were an unelectable third alternative.
The fact of the matter is than many people in the UK are feeling the pinch and that is reflected in the Polls. If it was a case of we were truly "all in this together" some would simply accept austerity. The fact that most ordinary people view this government as tarnished with sleaze and self serving policies is one reason the Tories lost out last night.
The United Kingdom Independent Party, UKIP, made good gains in last night's election though. This party stands for an exit from Europe in many ways. Now that it appears the people have by way of the ballot box let Cameron know they want out of Europe, could he hold a referendum.
Labour peer, Lord Mandleson, has offered a warning about a knee jerk reaction from the UK PM. He believes that as the people's faith in Europe plummets David Cameron might re-consider a referendum on our membership. To date all politicians have shied away from a referendum on Europe, as most of them know what the outcome will be.
Mandleson, like other politicians, seems to feel that he knows best. It appears that so many consider the people ill informed as far as Europe goes. They insist that Europe is our best chance but doubt that they could persuade the British people to agree.
Speaking in Oxford Mandleson said, "To survive, the eurozone needs to operate more as a single political entity." "I think this is the inevitable course for the eurozone to take and that it will probably work economically. "My question, though, is this: whether it is sustainable politically, especially in a period of profound austerity, and whether the European public will understand why it is right to sign up to such an advance in federalism and will be willing to do so."
Talking of a more Federal Europe it seems that Mandelson believes the EU will change the goalposts in the next few years. If we fail to fully sign up Mandleson thinks we will be left behind, and out in the cold. Mandie basically believes that in the end a referendum will be held but that our only way forward is to be slap bang in the heart of Europe.
UKIP leader Nigel Farage holds an entirely different view."The reason for holding a referendum is not to pacify dissent within our political parties but to give a voice to the British people. "Once again, Lord Mandelson is looking at everything through the prism of what is good for politicians rather than what is good for the country."
Eileen Kersey manages TEK Staff Blog
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