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What's important is the quality of councillors, not the number. Something that worries the parties very little, they just want bums on seats and people to turn out to help with election campaigns. It results in some strange individuals being elected. This applies to all the major parties and it's not good.
Freedom to worship within the UK is essential but that does not extend to failing to comply with our own most important cultural rules or laws for religious reasons.
Get things right this time round and the spiteful Labour left could be destroyed, fail and there will be another revolt, starting at the next local election cycle. People will look for other ways to express their disapproval now we have no more EU elections to use as a protest.
I hope we all get to enjoy a much better year and decade in 2020, we deserve it. Happy New Year.
Should Nigel decide to kick off his Reform Party based loosely on TBP but more appealing to traditional Labour people and more left wing Tory Eurosceptics, that could be a very different challenge. If that does not fly people like me will have to consider rejoining the Tories and agitating from inside again.
No one died and a new vessel with a different captain is fitting out now.
Sadly I expect the Conservatives to convince themselves they now have a mandate for business as usual but that's not the case. If the electorate have demonstrated anything in recent years it's that they will not be taken for fools, in the referendum, EU elections, local ones and the GE they have shown they are quite capable of humbling politicians and will remember how to do it next time too.
This government will be expected to keep their promises and if they do we could all be living in a better place as soon as this time next year. They will have much work to do that and should they fail it will be political death by a thousand cuts.
I like the way the New Tories seem to be going and hope they succeed but they will have to remember they are in power only at the will of non Conservative voters and need to act accordingly.
It's going to be an interesting year, will Boris negotiate with the EU anything beneficial to us. Will Labour split ? Will Nigel go ahead with the Reform Party, now he's sacrificed TBP on the alter of the May-Boris deal. Will we end up leaving on WTO terms about this time next year. How much of the very vague manifesto will he actually implement ?
In truth we have elected a PM rather than a party and that because the alternative ( Corbyn) was unthinkable.
We just don't know how hard he will negotiate with the EU or what his domestic policies will actually be. Just now he seems to be saying the right things. So did Blair in his early days.
I will wait a year before deciding if to support the Tories again but local issues will now become the focus of my attention, not national ones. I suspect all those Labour and BP supporters will be doing the same thing. Have we got ourselves a decent frozen turkey or one of those green supermarket ones ? Time will tell.
I have to admit that Boris seems to understand this and so far his words are encouraging. However so were Blair's when he was elected and look at how that turned out.
Provided all those new northern MPs manage to keep the Government's feet on the ground domestic policies and Brexit could work out fine. We will watch and see what happens.