I doubt the Prime Minister can wholeheartedly celebrate his victory if he studies the faces of the opposition leaders who’ve resigned and the scores of MP’s who’ve lost their seats.
Their faces should reflect disappointment and defeat. We the electorate defeated them. Their defeat should disappoint them. Yet it isn’t defeat and disappointment on their faces. It is undisguised shock.
The analysis, criticism and suggestions of the way forward for the next five years, are justified. But it’s how far Labour lagged behind the Conservatives that the polls never revealed in the run up to the 7 May that still shocks politicians and electorate alike.
The misleading polls may have influenced tactical voting.
When we traditionally vote for one party, but use tactical voting if we’re convinced our party doesn’t stand a hope in hell of winning in our constituency, can we then honestly accuse our politicians of being untrustworthy?
Is tactical voting a sign that we’re not to be trusted to vote the way we want to vote?
When we level accusations of untrustworthiness against our politicians, we must ask ourselves if we are to be trusted to vote the way we want to vote?
As voters, are we to be trusted?