Week 5 – the election

Week 5 – the election

This whole week has been dominated by the election – fair to say development of my “business” has been on hold. I leafleted  on several days. I watched and read compulsively, posts, blogs, TV and radio programmes about the likely result. On election day in Bermondsey and Old Southwark I spent all day knocking on doors to encourage people to vote.

I started the week feeling optimistic about the election result (i.e not expecting a huge labour defeat!), but by election day was feeling pretty pessimistic – especially after election day pollsters predicted a 70+ tory majority. It was lovely working with lots of different people and the diversity and size of the campaigning group on Thursday was great and heartening. Long standing local activists seemed quietly confident of Labour retaining BOS , but the general mood was not to expect too much.

Me and Allen (my husband) went home at 19.45, exhausted. I decided that I would wait for exit poll and then go to bed rather that do the normal agonising thing of staying up hoping the picture will be better than I’d feared. Then  the EP result came in with a prediction of hung parliament which was very close to the actual result. Amazing. Felt like a victory for hope and optimism and definitely an end to what appeared to be May’s attempt to squash effective opposition by having a snap election . Goodness knows what future will bring. Would be great if we can now have a united party seriously challenging the Tories and supporting the leader whatever his limitations – Corbyn came over during the election as a genuine and honest man very comfortable in his own skin with a true vision. It may only be a fantasy that we could end up with a PM like that. Or that if he is successful, which now does feel like it may be possible over the next year, he manages to resist the realities of day to day politics and keep that integrity – but its a hope I am going to hold onto for now.