Tuesday, 11 May 2010
Ben Bradshaw smiles as Adam Boulton almost loses it - again*
I have some sympathy for Adam here. I have had infuriating conversations with Labour candidates, MPs and activists who fail to accept the outcome of the election. One even told they were "absolutely ecstatic" with the result.
It's like trying to get Granny to start making arrangements for Grandad's funeral, but she refuses to accept that he is dead.
And the maths being peddled by Labour is bonkers. They say that if you add the Labour and Lib Dem vote together it is more than the Tories, which proves the majority of the nation are anti-Tory, so the Rainbow Coalition is the only option.
But the Tories got more votes than Labour on their own, and combined with the Lib Dem votes is double the Labour vote.
It is true no-one won this election outright, but that is because voters turned their back on Labour in favour of the Tories and the Lib Dems, who both saw their vote share rise.
The idea that voters all got together on Wednesday night to conspire to create a hung parliament - as some on all sides seem to suggest with all this "the people have spoken" stuff - is equally bizarre.
As an aside, a colleague noted that it is only a matter of time before a cartoon appears saying: "We have been without a government for three days - and things have never gone more smoothly."
* In case you haven't seen it elsewhere, here is the Adam Boulton v Alastair Campbell row which happened yesterday.