Never has FNFM been so glad to be so wrong. It was the “silent” 13m voters that didn’t turn up at the time of the Brexit referendum that kept FNFM awake at night before this election. The concern was further agitated by 3.85m newly registered voters – of which 2/3rds were under 35 – since the vote was called. This vote was less about partisan politics and more about a 2nd referendum. So much for Remainers winning through. No more mucking about.
What FNFM underestimated was the fundamental character of the plucky Brit. While FNFM was in no doubt the underhanded tactics of the EU were ever-present, the lion roared. Effectively the majority won by the Tories is a repudiation of the EU. One hopes that BoJo uses his sheer numbers to leave without a deal, or one that is much more favourable than the quasi-surrender document on the table at present. No more need to appease the DUP in Ireland.
The BBC/ITV/Sky exit poll suggests a Tory majority of 86. Labour is set to lose 71 seats. The majority would be the biggest Tory victory since 1987 and Labour’s worst result since 1935. Bye-bye Mr Corbyn? Await the millennials moaning that the older generations stole their future.
Although FNFM should have woken up when the press were bashing Trump for supposedly backing Boris. Only Obama has the kiss of death for UK voters. It was the other Donald (Tusk) who we should thank when he said that UK voters “shouldn’t give up on stopping Brexit!”
Surprisingly, the turnout of 62.43% so far at the 2019 election is down 2.71% on 2017. FNFM expected more. Then again what would FNFM know? FNFM was completely wrong.
On a positive personal note, it was the best $100 flutter FNFM has lost. Worth every penny to know the EU can’t monkey about anymore. Now that Boris has a majority, he can unite the fractured Tories and kick Brussels hard. Oh to think the person with the most egg on his face isn’t Jeremy Corbyn but former Speaker of the House, John Bercow.
This election showed that voters should never be treated like mugs, As Batman has told us many times.