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It’s not been a good day. There are more than a few lines in ths song that say how I feel.

I had a bad feeling after the exit polls were announced. By 10.30pm that had worsened, and I headed for bed around one o’clock with a sense of deep foreboding. In the morning I glanced at my ‘phone and saw a message from Sophie Scott confirming the gloom.

I did have to get up, but it wasn’t until I had a cup of coffee in my hand that I could bear to look at the results. I had the same sense of disclocation as in 1992. In London, the picture is very different from the rest of England. Parliament may be up the road, but it does not represent the capital.

I fear for our wonderful NHS. I fear for the Human Rights Act. I fear for our Civil Liberties. I feasr for public services. I fear. The politics of fear have brought us this government.

The runes are not good.

But at some point fear has to turn.

By this evening optimism and determination have started to return. The tune in my had has changed, and have moved on to the 1970s and David Bowie.

By tomorrow maybe songs from the next decades will be articulating more upbeat feelings. In the meantime, try substituting David for Margaret in this song by The Beat.

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  1. I concur Isobel…a good choice of music to reflect the mood of today. I stayed up until 3.00am as I couldn’t believe that the exit polls could be right. Today disbelief and gloom….a long walk and a pizza and glass of Merlot tonight …mood a bit cheerier now and after dissecting the bones of the results feel the need to move on…that which has been done cannot be undone…what a difference a day makes…

    • Yeah, I got no work done today. A sort of stunned disbelief combined with a desperate need to keep listening to the news in the hope it was all a ghastly dream.

        • No worries about sleeping, but I can see another day vanishing while I read the paper cover to cover. Already have my own theories, so am looking forward to seeing how and if they are articulated in the Guardian.
          A ray of hope if the opposition unite and the Tories start to split into factions backing prospective future leaders; please may it not be BoJo.
          Off to bed soon, tho’ I shall have to tempt MasterB indoors first.

  2. The awfulness of the election results is nowhere near as funny as this. Many thanks though for making me laugh out loud.

    • I confess to some surprise at your amusement; I didn’t intentionally write a funny post! But maybe it was the slapstick in the Monkees video that raised a smile? The opposition and the hope for change that was apparent before the election will not have faded overnight. Once the collective breath is caught, that opposition will continue. Too many people have too much to lose.

    • That’s interesting, Gilly. Here in London the voting was so different from the rest of England I think it’s easy to understand why we are so shocked. But did you also expect a different result?

      • I don’t really do politics but I had hoped . . . Ben Bradshaw is our local MP and he’s all round decent guy, unfortunately the rest of his party didn’t do so well.

        • Unfortunately I think we all have to do politics now or see the NHS sold off, the Human Rights Act repealed, further surveillance in the name of security council tenants moved out so that developers can build luxury flats on these sites to sell to the highest bidders. It reminds me very much of the early 80s. In London it is easy to see the extremes of wealth and poverty side by side. I saw a trailer for a tv programme about the very rich, and it made me ashamed. At least you have a local MP you trust.

  3. I had the doom until about tea time, when I played loud music and danced. Then I drew on a face, put on heels and went out with friends. Today is a *much* better day.

    • I feel some very worrying and turbulent times are ahead. Voting this government in on the strength of their economic *recovery* is rather like buying a lottery ticket; you know someone will win, but most will lose.

  4. I honestly believe that the prospect of another coalition government was what swung it in the Conservatives favour. Ed Miliband has been a terrible Labour leader and the prospect of Nicola Sturgeon trampling over him was a concern. I wonder what would have happened if he hadn’t knifed his brother?

    Anyway, I’m keeping my eyes on Dan Jarvis – he sounds like the kind of man who would provide some inspiring leadership of a country.

    • I listened to an interview with someone yesterday talking about what the Labour Party could do. I was struck by how he referred to various things it had tried that didn’t win the hearts and minds of the electorate. The message seemed to be about branding, not conviction politics. I would also guess there may be two leaders between now and when the party is next elected. One now, and then another when it finds its compass again.

      • Branding is all very well but conviction has to come first. I thought the video advert Labour did with Martin Freeman was excellent but it was completely vilified because of his background and relationship – the spin doctors must have been fast asleep not to consider that (and not to address it so the wind was taken out of opposers sails, or chosen somebody else to deliver it) so the underlying message stood for what it was.

        • His past history as a supporter of the Socialist Workers Party, his partner and mother of his two children choosing to declare herself bankrupt whilst he was earning a lot of money making the Hobbit trilogy (then he repaid it when it became public knowledge), aspersions of tax avoidance by both parties, children in private school, use of private healthcare etc.

          The Daily Mail were very keen on digging the dirt!

        • The Mail dig the dirt? Now there’s a surprise! Or it would be if he were royal/a Tory peer/associated with either of the above.

  5. Well Isobel, I see things did not go well from what you say. I am sorry, I know you worry about the NHS. I hope you find something that brightens your spirits for the rest of the day. Almost seems like staying on das Boot with MasterB and hiding out for a bit would have been better. But, we can’t hide under the covers as adults. Our politics here in the states are in sad shape too. Our health care is a mess.

  6. Sigh. It is not the first time and it won’t be the last time – cold comfort but I suspect we are both used to it by now. The “interesting” part of living in “interesting times” is nothing is ever predestined or written in stone – even the Conservative agenda. The continued advance of the Austerity theology is very troubling, evidently wrong-headed and guaranteed to hurt the most people for the least gain.

    Sadly, we know that in an electoral choice that pits “compassion” against “fear”, fear will dominant.

    As your last musical selection reminds us, standing up is a better choice than rolling over. The potential for these very “interesting” developments is what keeps me from the slough of despair after elections like this.

    Rock On!

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