Well, the people have spoken, and they have said a resounding NO! The British people in their wisdom have decided to keep the fair system of one person, one vote, rejecting the ridiculous Alternative Vote system. 69% voted no to the unfair system, and with this no brings, thankfully, an end to the debate on electoral reform for at least a generation.
The result of the AV referendum was no surprise, however, the locals were. Common sense prevailed as the Conservatives held their council positions, gaining seats across England. Labour, however, performed poorly, gaining less seats than William Hague did in 1999 during the honeymoon of Tony Blair and New Labour. With Labour shrinking back to their heartland in the North and an embarrassing failure in Scotland – the leadership ability of Ed Miliband has taken a serious blow.
In Scotland – the SNP and Alex Salmond achieved the first majority in the history of the devolved Scottish Parliament. Labour and Ed Miliband were hoping to do well in Scotland, but failed to make progress loosing 7 seats, while the SNP won a majority with 69 seats. The Scottish result is interesting; not only does it show a huge rejection of Miliband’s leadership, but the first SNP majority government also raises the question of a probable referendum on independence.
It has been a good night for the Conservatives; the Tories held their ground across the country and as a result David Cameron stands as a stronger Prime Minister, as the country supports our agenda for government. Principally, sorting out the economic mess left by Labour and getting Britain moving forward again. However, more importantly, tonight has been a tremendous victory for democracy, the people have spoken and now we must respect their decision!