now we wait for gordon brown.
And so … we have some semblace of sanity in the UK, with British voters rejecting Michael Howard’s (Lyndon Crosby) assertion that immigration was the source of all their problems.
This new brand of racism (supposedly a leftie fabrication) failed to fascinate the voters in the UK as well as it did in Australia, where it has been a (the?) driving force in federal politics for nearly a decade. This is good. (But why are the people I share my country with so blind?)
Howard has conceded defeat, albeit with a fairly good gain on the Labour Party. To be fair, he never had a hope, and it looks as though the previous Labour margin of 165 seats has been at least halved.
In no way am I pro Tory (but not particularly pro Tony, either), but maybe this will be a good thing. I hope that this reduced margin, coupled with the rise of the Liberal Democrats, will reintroduce a level of accountability that seemed so missing in Blair’s previous term.
The swing against Labour is at the moment 4.2 percent, with the Tories only increasing their share of the vote by 1.1 percent. The Liberal Democrats have increased their share by around 4.1 percent.
And Boris Johnson and George Galloway have both been reelected, to ensure some modicum of excitement.
This all seems fairly good.
The next question is: how long ‘til Gordon Brown kicks in?
Update: Larvatus Prodeo has a good rundown of election blogging and what's been happening.