A day’s results of England local elections are now in. As expected, UKIP have shown their presence loud and clear. The “Profit & Loss” statement – as I write this post – is as below:
Labour gained 292 seats
UKIP gained 155 seats
Conservatives lost 201 seats
Lib Dems lost 284 seats
At first glance, it is evident that the voters have decisively rejected both partners of present ConDem government. Put together, the alliance lost nearly 485 sitting seats; the cull still continues at counting stations. The final outcome – including EU results – will only worsen the situation for Cameron and Clegg.
While Labour heads with 1800+ seats and 80+ councils, there is not much for them to rejoice. Ed Miliband has failed to convert anti-incumbency votes as any opposition leader would have hoped for. The protest votes have not gone to his party, but to UKIP. Worse, UKIP have taken Labour’s seats and share of votes at many places.
So, what changes will UKIP’s win bring in to UK politics?
It is now sure that UKIP will not get in to control of any councils in England, and hence will not be able do much directly.
That said, this fourth political party now in picture, have just two main “NO” agendas – No to EU and No to immigration. Their increase in vote share could force Cameron and his gang to move further right.
Labour too will be forced to think hard on their current line on EU and immigration policy.
Lib Dems are the worst affected, who face an existential crisis. As UKIP plays the far-right role, with Conservatives on mid-of right and Labour at mid-of left, Lib Dems will painfully find that they do not have a role to play in UK politics.
While so many attempts are being organised by a number of weaker groups and political organisations, a strong socialist left, sadly, is yet to emerge on UK’s horizon.