And so the unravelling continues. In a paean of praise to the voting public that kept the Labour Party in money and pensions for the last 13 years, this senior Labour politician said:
We lost the election in England, not elsewhere, amongst so-called decent hard-working families who felt, especially working-class people, disconnected from the Labour Party.
In other words, ‘when we talked about “decent hard-working families”, we just meant “the people we were counting on to keep us in duck ponds and John Lewis kitchens”.’
But he does make a valid point: the Scots (population 5.1m) and Welsh (population 2.9m) voted for anyone but the Conservatives. It’s only in England (pop 51m) that there was an enormous swing to the Tories. Does this mean that the Celtic fringes have a completely different perspective on how the nation should work? And does this perhaps mean that it’s time to cut them loose to live their own political lives in the way they see fit?