THAT seems a cruel question, but there is of course an historical precedent for it.
The highlight for most Labour Party activists in the 1997 General Election was the defeat in his Enfield Southgate constituency of Michael Portillo, Secretary of State for Defence in the about to be routed government of John Major.
Gleeful party workers and supporters headed for pubs up and down the land screaming "Portillo's toast" after the televised defeat of the "Son of Thatcher." It gave the title to the seminal work on the 1997 General Election which heralded Tony Blair's Labour government. Many Cabinet members lost their seats that night, but "Were You Up for Portillo?" seemed to encapsulate all the outpouring of Socialist venom.
So quite naturally we Conservatives are able to joyfully taunt our political opponents with the cry "We were up for Cable and Balls" to celebrate the joyful defeats of Liberal Democrat Vince Cable in Twickenham and Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls in the Leeds constituency of Outwood and Morley.
Cable was a victim of Liberal Democrat cull, which left the party with just 8 MPs. Balls had a narrow majority, but it was widely believed that he would hold on an increase his majority.
But that view was not shared by Labour's campaign team. The Daily Telegraph today reported that 2 weeks before polling day, party strategists knew the game was up but didn't tell Balls, encouraging him to criss-cross the country druming up support in other marginal constituencies.
At the same time, Conservative campaigners became aware of the sudden shift in public opinion towards our party, a trend not picked up by the opinion polls, which is why the Exit Poll published as the polling stations closed on May 7 was such a shock to Labour supporters and such a liberation of joy for the Tories.
Here in Suffolk Coastal we knew something was up. Canvassers on the social housing estates in Felixstowe West ward were not greeted with abuse as might have been expected; there was a genuine desire to put David Cameron back in Downing Street.
At the same time, Coastal Conservatives were told not to offer any more help to marginal Ipswich because Ben Gummer had already won, with 14 days left to the Election. We were told to concentrate on Waveney, which we duly did and duly won.
Left-wing columnists like Polly Toynbee of The Guardian are apoplectic that the country dared vote against their Utopian vision of bloated public services supporting the feckless and the workshy. Her verdict: "The future is dark. In England and Wales the people swung to the right, with Labour barely improving on its Gordon Brown vote. Is Cameron’s scorched-earth social and institutional destruction of the public realm really what the people voted for? Impossible to tell."
No Polly, it's not hard to tell. It's simple. The people who work hard and want to provide for their families without the State taking it back got what the people wanted. Until Labour comes to accept that voters do not want an overpaid cabal telling them what to do, their time in opposition will be long. Tony Blair knew you could only win an election from the centre-ground. Miliband and his cheerleaders in The Guardian rejected what Blair had taught them and they have been consigned to irrelevance.
The election result might have surprised the public, but we knew a gigantic shock was on the cards. Published opinion polls were wrong; but the parties' own private polling data was far more accurate.
What a night! What a result!
*The blog was updated on Sunday May 17 2015.
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