Theresa May at the polling station for the 2019 UK local elections.

Theresa May at the polling station for the 2019 UK local elections.

By Chris Bovey

Last night saw the first results come in for the local government elections in England and Northern Ireland, the largest local elections to take place during the Parliamentary session.

It is of no surprise the Conservatives received a real hammering, losing seats mainly to the pro-EU Lib Dems, but also to the pro-EU Greens, who have made over 120 gains.

Labour also failed to make the large inroads one might expect from the Official Opposition during a mid-term, especially against what is widely considered to be the most incompetent government in modern times.

Now the election results are nearly counted, the usual politicians are going on TV and radio to put spin on the results and attempt some damage control.

Mark Goache celebrating his election as the first ever Green Councillor to Colchester District Council.

Mark Goacher is the first Green Councillor elected in Colchester, ousting Conservative leader, Darius Laws.

Obviously, for the Lib Dems and the Greens, this is not a difficult job, both parties made record gains, although the Lib Dems were starting from a very poor footing.

It was a mixed message for Labour, losing control of quite a few Councils and gaining a few such as Trafford. They lost some votes in strong Leave areas, although it’s worth noting that Labour still hold 60 of the 75 Council seats in Sunderland, losing 10 (although three of those seats lost were to the pro-EU Lib Dems and Greens).

I think we can safely say that Brexit is not going to lose safe Labour seats in areas that overwhelmingly voted Leave at the next general election under the First Past The Post Voting system.

On the other hand, in places where Labour needs to win, if it is to form the next government, they lost some seats mainly to the Liberal Democrats, seeing their vote drop in areas that were more inclined to vote Remain.

It’s clear that Labour’s ambiguity trying to be both a Remain and a Leave party is not having the desired effects, or we would have seen them making gains as Tony Blair did back in 1995 when Labour gained a massive 1,807 seats, instead of losing over 100 seats.

Tories are the real losers

The real losers last night were Theresa May’s Tories, not all votes have yet been counted, but my prediction of a loss of around 1,000 Councillors was wrong, they’ve so far lost more than 1,200 and are expected to lose a few more.

The Tory spin has been predictable yet insulting to anybody who has a fundamental understanding of British politics. They claim that Conservative voters stayed at home- maybe some did, yet the turnout was around the same as previous local elections.

If Tories stayed at home, that means that other people who don’t usually participate in local elections came out to put a cross against a non-Conservative candidate.

The most ridiculous excuse, of course, came from our calamity of a Prime Minister, Theresa May, who made the absurd claim that the message from last night’s local elections is “to get on with Brexit”.

Let’s have a think about that, the main beneficiaries last night were the Lib Dems who are known for their pro-European views. The Greens, also a pro-EU party, had their best performance ever. Virtually every opinion poll has shown that if a People’s Vote were held the country would vote to remain in the EU. I sincerely doubt morons who still think that leaving the EU is a good idea voted for the Lib Dems or Greens yesterday.

Lib Dems celebrate taking control of Cotswold District Council.

Liberal Democrats celebrate taking control of true Blue Cotswold District Council.

People switched their votes to pro-EU parties because they don’t want the Government to get on with Brexit, they want to stop the fucking thing and never hear of it again.

Former Brexit secretary, David ‘thick as mince’ Davis once said: “If a democracy cannot change its mind, it ceases to be a democracy.” The country clearly has changed its mind since the fraudulent referendum that was held nearly three years ago, yet Brexit loonies like Davis, Bo Jo, Rees-Smug et al still want to impose the minority view of a ragtag bunch of bigots, racists and morons on the majority of the population who do not wish to leave the EU.

People’s Vote

If I am wrong and a People’s Vote would confirm the exit terms agreed with the EU are supported by the majority of the population then what have they got to worry about? Surely, they would love the chance to rub the Remain voters noses in it again with another victory, but they don’t want another vote, as they know darn well they would lose, as they wouldn’t be able to get away with lying, cheating and financial indiscretions again.

Not holding a vote because you don’t like the likely outcome is not democracy, it is the polar opposite of democracy, so please don’t go on to me about the ‘will of the people’, or I will likely scream in your face an expletive-laden stream of vulgar abuse.

Former Liberal Democrat candidate for Glasgow Central, Chris Young, told Feed the Birds: “If these results don’t say ‘Stop Brexit’, what would?”


Chris Bovey, writer and musician.

Chris Bovey is a businessman, writer, artist, musician and practical joker. He lives in Devon with his partner, two children and cat. You can follow him on Facebook or Twitter @_dr_dremp.

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