7th May 2021
Eighteen month after the general election result, there appears to have been another emphatic election result in favour of our illiberal government.
The results from Hartlepool and elsewhere indicate that many in the electorate – a significant amount – are quite at ease with the current governing party.
There has not been a massive ‘loss aversion’ in respect of Brexit – and not has there been any sizeable revolt against the government’s mishandling of the coronavirus pandemic.
It anything, the governing party is even more entrenched than ever.
The same set of results also show that there is political volatility – a shunning of tribal political labels.
There are also indications that localism – for example the popularity of certain English mayors – is stronger than national political (tribal) loyalties.
And, of course, political support that is easily gained can also be easily lost.
So today’s electoral results are not brilliant from a liberal or progressive perspective – but also not an absolute disaster.
Liberalism and constitutionalism may not now be in political fashion, but they have not been utterly vanquished either.