SOMETHING MORE ?
Yesterday`s results in the Eastleigh by-election are producing the predictable responses from the candidates that we always get on these occasions. But then we`re dealing with politicians and their tenuous hold on reality. I suppose it was also predictable that the only responses we`ve heard, at least so far, have come from the main contenders out of the 17 candidates who were on offer. Pity that, as I would like to have heard what the Wessex Nationalists had to say.
Some are sick as parrots, of course - chiefly the Conservatives who came a poor third to the UK Independence Party who, having come second in the election, have every reason to be over the moon. The winning candidate for the LibDems seems almost to have won the seat by default, but perhaps the good folk of Eastleigh, in returning a LibDem candidate with a greatly reduced majority, have taken a fancy to controversy and scandal and are now eagerly awaiting what, if anything, can be raked up about the latest LibDem MP.
Now If you listen to the reactions of those who were unsuccessful, especially from Labour and the Conservatives, the usual trite clichés are being trotted out - "it`a a mid-term by-election," there will be a different result in the general election," "people are registering their dissatisfaction with the way things are at the moment," we will redouble our efforts to ensure we take the seat next time," and most worrying of all - "this was a mid-term protest vote but UKIP have no chance of winning at the general election."
Well, maybe it`s just me, but I live in hope that it`s none of the above; instead that it might just be something more - even perhaps something of a true reflection of the hellplessness felt by more and more people about the black hole of the European Union.
But I`m old enough to know that, whilst hope is one thing that may spring eternal, expectation is quite another. After all, it was the bard himself who proclaimed that `expectation is the root of all heartache.`