Comment – One party state

Comment – One party state

 

It’s all over bar the shouting and there is a lot of that on the social media and protests at Downing Street.  Worthing Daily respects the verdict of the electorate and urges others to do likewise – that’s democracy.

Congratulations to Tim Loughton and Sir Peter Bottomley – the new father of the House or longest serving Member of Parliament.

Congratulations also to the Worthing Conservatives who achieved a clean sweep of all eleven Worthing Borough Council seats that were up for grabs. They obviously worked hard but also basked in the light of the national mood.

The only poll that was vindicated was the Broadcasters’ exit poll – all others failed to predict the Conservatives would nationally achieve a majority. And how did our American guru Nate Silver perform?  Mr Silver was wrong in he too expected a hung parliament.

Unsurprisingly Mr Silver named the correct winners in Worthing but significantly over estimated the Liberal Democrats performance:

 

East Worthing & Shoreham

Party

2015 Prediction

2015 Actual

 

Difference

Conservatives45.8%49.5%plus        3.7%
Labour 21.1%19.5%minus     1.6%
UKIP 13.2%16.6%plus        3.4%
Liberal Democrats11.7%  6.7%minus     5.0%
Greens  5.6%  5.2%minus     0.4%
Others  2.6%  2.5%minus     0.1%

 

Worthing West

Party

 

2015 Prediction

2015 Actual

Difference

 

Conservatives48.3%51.5%plus       3.2%
Liberal Democrats16.2%  8.8%minus   7.4%
Labour15.7%15.7%plus       0.0%
UKIP14.1% 18.3%plus       4.2%
Greens   5.5%   5.8%plus       0.3%
Others   0.1%   0.0%minus    0.1%

 

Mr Cameron will have to struggle with a small majority for the next parliament but here in Worthing the local Conservatives will have no such problem holding 30 of the 37 seats on Worthing Borough Council. The largest opposition party, the Liberal Democrats, holds only 4 seats and one of those will be Mayor for 2015-16 and thus is politically neutral. The remaining 3 seats are shared between UKIP 2 and Greens 1.

Worthing Daily regrets this slide towards a one party state which can only prove unhealthy for local democracy.  A strong opposition of whatever party is needed to hold the administration to account and question their decisions on every occasion possible.  Worthing doesn’t deserve less.

Perhaps an ‘opposition’ will develop among Conservative backbenchers. Worthing Daily hopes so but on past experience we are not holding our breath.

Worthing Daily