Defying expectations, David Cameron, far from being locked out of Downing Street, now has the full bunch of keys (with just 37% of the vote), at least until his slim Commons majority is whittled away over the next five years. He has promised a land of hope and glory, a Britain greater still and greater, one nation, with further devolution to some of the smaller nations the ‘nation’ paradoxically contains. ‘Fairness’ for England even. But the self-governing devolved assemblies that are good enough for others will not do for the English. We can look forward only to more unwanted metro mayors, city ‘deals’ and a continuing denial of regional realities. If things are done for the regions they will be done to the regions, not by them.
At Witney, our candidate (2nd from left) almost doubled his previous vote there, finishing 7th of 12 candidates. It was our best result since 2001. Colin’s campaign attracted widespread and sincere interest, even from those who ended up placing their cross elsewhere. One emailer to Colin and his team confessed that, “I just wanted to write and say how touched I am by your passion to make this world a better place. And that is so appreciated. You are beautiful human beings.” It is a particular pleasure to record the assistance of the McLoone family, who volunteered as WR counting agents for the long night at the leisure centre, awaiting a declaration that came just before 6.
Anyone who expected this election to resolve the key constitutional issues – who gets to decide what, and what qualifies as real democracy – should now be plainly aware that interesting times are only going to get more interesting. We shall be looking to position ourselves to benefit from the debates unfolding over the next five years, meanwhile looking into the possibility of entering the fray at local government level. We urge supporters of a regional Wessex, wherever they live, to join us in making sure that the wyvern’s roar is heard loud and clear too.