For the past 12 months since the Referendum people like myself, a UKIP supporter who voted to Leave the EU, have been told we didn’t have the intelligence to know what we voted for, were branded as selfish for ‘ruining the future of the younger generation’, and have also been accused of being bigots and racists.
It would appear the young people and spiteful Remainers have taken their revenge by plunging the country into turmoil.
After last week’s General Election we now find that we have a hung parliament after misguided voters lent their support to Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party which hasn’t benefited anybody.
This selfish action has achieved nothing except to leave both Labour and the Conservatives without an overall majority at a critical time when Brexit negotiations are about to start.
Politics is indeed a dirty business, as at the start of her premiership Theresa May was bursting with statesman-like authority and confidence but, less than a year down the line, has had the rug pulled from beneath her feet.
In Sheffield, as expected, voters kept our city a Labour stronghold in spite of the fact that the council has no regard whatsoever for the views of its citizens. Sadly the constituency of Hallam, which was the last Labour-free area in South Yorkshire, fell to Labour.
It would appear from the election results that large numbers of the gullible younger generation (mainly students) voted for Jeremy Corbyn believing him to be the answer to our country’s problems, apparently finding this man’s appalling record acceptable and falling for the bait of attractive manifesto promises that in all likelihood he would never be able to deliver.
One wonders what kind of people can vote for a politician who has shared platforms with terrorist organisations and called them ‘friends’, failed to condemn the IRA bombings, and voted against laws to counteract terrorism at least 17 times throughout his career.
I have to agree that the Conservatives held a lack-lustre campaign and, due to some of her manifesto policies which would have caused hardship for the elderly, Mrs May alienated many voters and shot herself in the foot by taking a gamble which unfortunately backfired in trying to secure a larger majority.
However, we must now hope that, with or without Mrs May as leader, the Conservatives (for whom I voted for the first time in my life) can pull things together and lead us successfully out of the European Union over the coming two years.
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