When you make bold promises – you have to deliver them

Published: 9th June

We have just lived through the most hotly contested election in living memory.  It was not that long ago when the British electorate were presented with a choice of 3 parties only, and nearly 90% of the electorate always voted and voted in near equal measure for either the Labour Party or the Tories.

The world of politics have moved from that period of certainty, to a new period of nothing but uncertainty.  So much so, that only about 65% of the electorate can be bothered to vote, despite that we have so much more choice in terms of who to vote for than we ever had in the past.

It’s always a mix of wanting to vote for policies that make a difference to us, or voting for leaders that we believe in.

The pundits led us to believe that this would be a ‘hung’ parliament with no clear winners and difficult compromise in the air.

From TV debates to the newspapers backing their favourites, to far too many emails from prospective candidates that we have never met or heard from before, and to the leaders of the political parties staking their claim to High Office.

There were exotic promises, the moral high ground was claimed, babies were kissed, and the leaders visited us normal folk at our places of work, shaking hands and looking awkward.

But as the old saying goes “no plan survives contact with the enemy”, and David Cameron finds himself remaining in Number 10, probably to his great surprise with a majority, but he is probably not as surprised as Nick Clegg, Nigel Farage, and Ed Milliband who are now no longer leaders of their respective parties.

24 hours ago they were confident and on the front foot, today they will find very lonely and very challenging.

 

No matter what we feel about them and whether we would vote for them or not, they have paid a very high price for their belief in their mission and their values.

Let’s just spare a thought for those brave enough to stand up and be counted as a leader, and let us all remember, moving on is not failure, and whilst we may not have agreed with them, let’s take a moment to salute them for their courage in trying to make a difference.

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