My View on the Results
What a night! I was glued to the TV waiting for each result to come in until 4 am when as much as I wanted to, my body was saying sleep. I can’t remember being so captivated with a General Election before. I was truly hooked.
For someone who has fought two Elections for District and Unitary I know how much a campaign takes out of you mentally, physically and emotionally. It completely drains you. A huge credit should go to those who stood up and decided to stand for election. In my role as a Councillor I have met a lot of the Candidates; mostly in the west and central parts of Cornwall. I don’t always agree with their views, but I do respect for them standing up to fight for them.
This Election was different and the results showed. Who would have guessed the results? Everyone thought the Liberal Democrats would do well, but in Cornwall they shared honours with the Cons with 3 seats each. In the wider context the Conservatives came out on top with 306 seats. Not an overall majority, but the largest Party. I guess now is time for the horse trading.
This trading is going to be interesting. Not just nationally, but locally in Cornwall. Why, well if there is a deal or some sort of understanding between the Cons and LD, then that should surely be reflected at Cornwall Council. Will the Liberals Dems now be invited into Cornwall Councils Cabinet to reflect the National deal? Will we have a more cooperative Council with everyone working together in the right direction without the ‘them and us’. All sides are guilty of this and we must move on. As a Independent I welcome such a move. The more we work together then the better it will be for Cornwall.
We now have a chance to tweak or change our voting system as to me its needs to be reviewed. I am not sure what it should be replaced by, but we must at least look at it. I for one will be reading lots of info on the different voting systems so if there is a change when I stand again I will at least understand it.
I shall finish off by saying well done to all the Candidates and the new MPs they at least stood up to be counted.