So the dust has settled on the chaos that is the latest round of elections taking place around the world and the headlines are that Syria’s are a sham, France has just elected a new president, the Greeks’ have made a messy situation even worse, while in the UK Labour have made big gains although they failed to unseat the mayor of London – Boris Johnson.
I’m not too fussed about Syria, the elections mean nothing and will change nothing, as such the best thing to do is carry on as if nothing ever happened. France and Greece’s elections on the other hand are much more worrying. Not only are they much closer to home, but the fallout from what can only be described as bad decisions may have negative effects here in the UK. Discounting the personalities involved, what appears to be happening is that the voters are trying to avoid paying the piper by electing socialist loons who want to spend spend spend, raising their countries debt in order to keep the voters on side.
The problem with Europe as I see it is that should they do anything which further destabilises the Euro, and at the moment a Gnat sneezing at the wrong time can do that, then it is likely to cause more pain back here. Take the ever increasing chance of Greece defaulting on its debt and the situation looks even bleaker. Furthermore, while it’s ok to talk about spending your way out of trouble, with the Euro, nobody can print the money which would allow them to do the spending. What’s more, such spending would only work in a closed system where the money cannot leak out of the economy.
This brings us back to the UK where amongst the local councils Labour has made big gains at the expense of the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats. The reasons for this are much the same as in Europe. Many voters are fed up with our government, and to be fair, they do have a point. Like in Europe though, this is little more than the electorate trying to get out of paying the piper.
This makes it all the more surprising that a Labour candidate isn’t the mayor of London, having instead lost to Boris Johnson by around 60,000 votes. The thing with this is that it’s not because Boris is actually popular, just that he’s more popular than the (decidedly unpopular) Ken Livingstone. A man who felt he had a god-given right to be the mayor of London, despite managing to create an unholy mess between 2000 and 2008. Ironically, even considering how unpopular he was, he could have still won had he not upset both the gay and the Jewish vote.
David Cameron must be the happiest person though with a Boris victory however, publically because his candidate remains mayor and privately because being mayor means that Boris will be unavailable at the next general election. This, considering Cameron’s precarious situations can only be a good thing, as should Boris once again become an MP, it is not hard to see him challenging for the leadership of the Conservative party.
Of course, Boris says that he has no desire to go for the top job or the intention to try. So a final thought: Do you believe him and what would you think of Boris Johnson as PM?