Something of a thrashing

The contest was triggered by the death of former Cabinet minister Dame Cheryl Gillan, who took the seat with a majority of 16,233 in the 2019 general election – some 55 per cent of the vote.

In a stunning result, Ms Green took 56.7 per cent of the vote to secure a majority of 8,028 over the second-placed Tories.

“This Conservative Party has taken people across the country for granted for far too long,” Ms Green said.

The Green Party came third with 1,480 votes, with Labour trailing in fourth with just 622 votes, losing the party’s deposit in the process.

Isn’t Labour just looking like a government only temporarily in opposition?

19 thoughts on “Something of a thrashing”

  1. I haven’t seen any news reports linking the result to the fact that HS2 will run straight through Amersham and the huge local opposition to the planned route (and the white elephant nature of the project). No-one on Conservative head office will feel able to mention it either.

    Combine that with general dismay at extending the lockdown and you have the perfect storm for a protest-vote.

  2. Apologies. I’ve just seen that the telegraph actually mentions this well down the page. I rather assumed the article would be behind their paywall, interesting that it isn’t.

  3. Ironically HS2 is supported by the Lib Dems – so voting for them because of HS2 seems a bit strange.
    They should have voted green.

  4. I can’t really take any comfort from the result. THE big issue at the moment is this sodding lockdown and the damage it is doing to the country. I don’t see that the Lib-Dems (or whatever they are calling themselves these days) are calling for an end to lockdown and a return to sanity.

    Whatever the reason for this vote, it doesn’t indicate a return to reason.

    “Men, it has been well said, think in herds; it will be seen that they go mad in herds, while they only recover their senses slowly, one by one.”
    ― Charles MacKay, Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds

  5. Given that mass labour workforces are generally being replaced by automation I’ve been seriously wondering for some years whether there’s any point to (old school) Labour. I suspect that our politics is swinging away from the labour vs capitalism of the late 19th/early 20th C. Whether it returns to a modern version of 18th C whig vs tory or something new like extreme green vs economical rationalism is the big question.

  6. Who else are government employees going to vote for? The killer for Labour comes when the Sharia party gets going. It won’t do the Tories any good either with clever marketing: “You don’t have to he Muslim to not want your son being taught to be gay.” Etc.

  7. @Arthur the cat
    ‘extreme green’ vs ‘even extremer green with added antisemitism’
    I’ve yet to see any political party with the slightest ‘economic rationalism’
    They all believe in money trees, magical unicorns and windmills. Every one has their own Princess Nut Nuts: though Labour’s is more of a land whale.

  8. The Meissen Bison

    Who cares about the Lib Dems taking the seat?

    Build-Back-Better-Boris getting a bloody nose? Brilliant!

  9. Given the numbers estimated for the constituency in the EU Referendum, this looks like the aftermath of that coming home. The place looks a bit odd – limited direct links (only the Metropolitan Line) into London, but only about 5 miles away from the M40/A40, with High Wycombe, Maidenhead, Sluff and Heathrow and others within easy reach. So, Commuterville.

    As far as HS2 goes – stick a station (or feeder) in and they’ll be happy.

  10. @Arthur the cat
    I take your point, but they should have voted for a party against HS2 – not one that supported it.
    Saying that I am like that people are anti HS2.

  11. Maybe the electorate thought “Build Back Better” means covering some of the finest English countryside with Barratt-hutches.

  12. Build-Back-Better-Boris getting a bloody nose? Brilliant!

    Fun rather than brilliant. The fat twat, seeing a loss to the LibDems, will take the Tories further left/green. And the base will continue to stay away.

  13. @Andrew C

    I can’t really take any comfort from the result. THE big issue at the moment is this sodding lockdown and the damage it is doing to the country. I don’t see that the Lib-Dems (or whatever they are calling themselves these days) are calling for an end to lockdown and a return to sanity.

    One thing Davey has said is that he will not support vaccine passports. Since I reckon there’s a very good chance that that level of control is part of the endgame of all this shite then that’s to be welcomed, I think. Not that I’m so naive as to believe him of course.

    This by election result does make me further question the YouGov polls which consistently show great support both for the government and all the lockdown measures.

  14. “with Labour trailing in fourth with just 622 votes”: rejoice! Sir Kneel Starmer seems to lack electoral appeal.

  15. Arthur the Cat,

    I put it down to the rise of the motor car and that that lead to the end of industrial unions. Without them keeping Labour sane, they got overrun by the weirdos.

    I can’t see Labour ever winning an election again. Of all the people they could pick as leader, Starmer is probably the best. That’s how poor their talent pool is.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if we see the Conservatives taking Labour’s place in future. They’re already pretty statist, Tax Freedom Day being later than under Blair, Cameron stinking it up with One Nation types. There’s a gap on the right emerging, and the Reform party could fill it.

  16. I think our host has posited that rising worker mobility – first the bicycle, and then the car in spades – has destroyed The Unions. In the Old Times, if Bradly Heartcrusher refused to employ you in his factory, you starved, the next job was 20 miles down the road, too far to walk. So you unionised and One Out All Out, your job was protected. Now workers can just get in the car and drive to another job, what need for unions to protect your job? Sod that job, I’ll go and work for somebody else 250 miles way. Working From Home will crush unions into non-existence.

  17. “Now workers can just get in the car and drive to another job, what need for unions to protect your job? “

    Which is exactly why private car ownership must be banned by the EV nonsense. Too expensive and/or too useless to use, for the proles, anyway. Back in your boxes, peasants!

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