25% more than the Americans get, with almost zero chance of that changing. Anyway, just to get it all off my chest, not a well thought out or planned bit here, just rumbles interspersed with grumbles on what I think about some of the parties. No intention of not showing bias at all, these are my views, not facts...
Conservatives - Smashed it. Regardless of my absolute hate for Cameron and Gideon, they absolutely rinsed everyone else. A lot of help from Murdoch (I have been reliably informed Cameron is not speaking to Murdoch, and hasn't for some time). However, telling Scots to vote SNP and telling the English that the SNP / Labour coalition would be the end of days worked. Totally transparent, but it worked. Majority, no coalition, no need to actually carry out any of their pledges and 3 other leaders resign by lunchtime. Winner winner, chicken dinner.
Labour - Biggest fault, Red Ed wasn't actually Red. Elected to be more left, he went even more Tory Lite, and even many Labour supporters just couldn't get behind him. Being called a North London Geek (which means Jewish for clarity) and having Murdoch out to destroy him as well left him almost zero chance.
For them to come back fighting - get some real policies and beliefs and fight for them. Something like:
- Cancel Trident
- Renationalise the railways
- Halve and then remove tuition fees
- Free prescriptions
- Tax all businesses correctly and in full, and send defaulters to jail or close them down
Those are for free whoever takes over, take it from me, you would have won with those as pledges.
Lib Dems - I knew Clegg was going to be a liability, but not that he was that toxic. Personally he deserves it, and party wise, they need to get him to resign his seat and disappear. There is no chance for any comeback while he is still in the Commons, his time is done totally. They lost their deposits all over the place, shocking that he wasn't forced to not stand and a new leader in place long before the campaign.
SNP - Winners. They own Scotland. No surprise after the referendum and the actions and words of the 3 main parties there. Did they all think the Scots would just move on? The SNP either need to get with Labour and make friends or we may not see a Labour govt again.
UKIP - Hahahahaha. Excellent that even Farage couldn't win. The self centred ego that is Farage already saying he may come back. He likes it when newspaper owners give him a million quid you know. Does almost nothing in his actual paid job as a Euro MP apart from claim his allowances and expenses. He tricked so many people, and will try again, 7 times he has tried for a seat as an MP and failed. Even the most persistent boy knows that the girl will not say yes after asking 7 times. Go away now.
As for the coverage they got, there is now no need at all to give them anymore airtime than the Greens, at all, ever. He doesn't need to be on Question Time every other week, no need for articles of him gurning in pubs any more.
Not wanted, not welcome.
Others - Meh. Being elected to seats you won't go to, voting on religious grounds and Bercow getting in on a technicality all need reviewing.
Reform - I was reminded earlier of the referendum in 2011 to change the First Past The Post system. Nearly 70% of those who voted, voted to keep it as it as. Don't say you didn't have a chance - you wasted it 4 years ago.
Back to work then. Good luck.