So much to take in, so many factors to consider, so much to understand. I doubt there will be another GE where so many factors are actively in play at the same time. To single out one reason for this result would be to mislead ourselves. This wasn’t about brexit alone, nor was it about Corbyn alone. The tactics used by all parties needs careful consideration. All these were factors in last nights results.
Consider this. The result has gone along with the majority of polls pre-election night which all gave the Tories a lead - on average around 10%. Yet those same pollsters repeatedly showed that remain was ahead of leave.
undoubtedly leavers got their act together when the remain parties wouldn’t talk to each other. A huge mistake on their part.
Just over a month ago Johnson had gone past his October 31st do or die, “rather be dead in a ditch” deadline and was completely in political no mans land. A second referendum when remain was tipped to win was virtually at a 50% level and growing as it looked like the only way out. Against the serious warnings and anger of many Labour MP’s, Corbyn fell for Johnsons only other way out - a general election. That decision alone lost Corbyn his job, lost Labour the election and gave Johnson the go ahead to do whatever he wants to do including leaving with no deal.
Swinson must also take some blame here, a large proportion of blame. Her red line of refusing to talk to Corbyn has cost her her job, cost her party - which has already been suffering from their years of support for the Tory government and its austerity agenda, - big time. She really is no political mastermind and deserves her fate.
We’ll be out of the EU soon, that’s a fact now. But where do we go? Johnson will decide on all our behalf’s, whether we stay close to the EU or whether we turn our backs on those 27 EU countries and head across the Atlantic for our future trade. That is a massive choice. I know what I would do.