The Other I

December 14, 2019

Our surprise result

Filed under: Just Stuff — theotheri @ 5:06 pm

Yesterday here in the United Kingdom — that means England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Wales — had an immensely significant election.  In fact, never in my life have I ever been aware that a national election result would effect so many lives so intimately, including my own.

To everyone’s utter surprise, Boris Johnson and the Tory Party won what was called “the Brexit Election” by a landslide.

Before the election, I thought this result was the least worst of all the options, including most especially Jerry Corbyn’s Labour Party which terrified me.  And I was glad that Johnson made a request to Trump that he not express any opinions about who he wanted to win.  (Though I confess I don’t think it took a great deal of insight to realize that an endorsement from Trump for Johnson could actually reduce voters’ support for Johnson here.)

Still, I’m happier with the results than I expected.  I’ve been around a little too long to believe we are now on the edge of a new and wonderful world.  But to my surprise, as I listen to Johnson’s acceptance speech and particularly to his embracing of the traditional Labour voters in northern England, I’m a little less pessimistic than before.  He seems to be listening to them, and even when he doesn’t agree, treats the opinions of those who did not vote for him with respect.  He said, for instance, that he valued the respect and affection  that those who did not want to leave the EU held for our European neighbours.  He also appreciates that above all, what voters want is not hand-outs but meaningful jobs.

And with a majority of 80 Tories in Parliament, the European Union negotiators are already talking about taking Boris Johnson a good deal more seriously than they did when they were negotiating withdrawal conditions with Theresa May.

We will see what happens.  The next big election, of course, is across the pond in ten and a half months on November 3rd.  It already feels as scary as yesterday’s election felt here.


  1. OK, but don’t forget the man’s uneasy relationship with the truth!


    Comment by Chris Lawrence — December 14, 2019 @ 5:11 pm | Reply

    • Yes, I agree. It is one of the things that seriously reigns in my optimism. And not the only one.
      But oh it is such a relief to have a guaranteed 5 years without Corbyn!


      Comment by theotheri — December 14, 2019 @ 5:17 pm | Reply

  2. want to trade johnson for our orange pumpkin?


    Comment by kateritek — December 14, 2019 @ 10:15 pm | Reply

    • I’m willing to wait and see if what we get is a pumpkin pie or a pumpkin mush.
      Nonetheless, thank you for the offer!


      Comment by theotheri — December 15, 2019 @ 11:43 am | Reply

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