I remember 1992.
Everyone expected Labour to win and kick out Major. I sat and watched it with a friend from school. I was very Left wing, and in 1992 almost everyone my age (even Etonians) wanted the Tories out.
By 2am, it was clear that Labour was not winning. I took out a tiny, tiny speck of dope that I had left over and ate it in a feeble attempt to get high. Then we went to bed.
Anyway. I need to find some positives in this situation:
- We will get rid of May, who has shown zero talent and zero charisma.
- Corbyn probably will not form a government.
- If he does, it will be a weak one, and as he has shown zero talent for organization and management – as opposed to his huge talent for campaigning and speechmaking, for which, full respect – it will probably lead to swift disillusionment for the kids who are now out celebrating.
- The Lib Dems might be able to demand a referendum on PR, and the mood of the country is such that it might vote yes this time.
- A lot of young people have been enthused by politics. I'm not sure this is a particularly good thing, but at least they will be enjoying themselves.
- Ruth Davidson has done really well in Scotland. (I've often thought that it would be quite funny, and really wind up the Left, if the Conservative party could have the first Jewish, the first female, the first gay and the first black Prime Ministers.)
- The SNP are one step further from breaking up my country.
- There were some excellent dogs at the polling station where I was a teller.