It has been a very strange couple of weeks in the U.K. and Canada. In the U.K., for example, we heard that the Conservatives under David Cameron, unexpectedly given the polls, won a majority government.
Yet, shortly after Cameron visited the Queen to put that election result in place, we heard that thousands on the so-called progressive “left” were furious and protesting the democratic result.
In fact, as noted in the above photo, someone actually defaced a women’s WWII monument with the words “F*** Tory scum.” Meaning, that because a progressive party in the U.K. (e.g., Labour) didn’t win enough seats to govern — their media and supporters were having a tantrum.
Moreover, the morning after the U.K. election result, I noticed the Daily Mirror actually had “Five more damned years” printed on a black background on their front page. Democracy be damned as it were.
Which brings me to the recent Alberta election. Progressive Conservative (PC) supporters no doubt were flabbergasted with the result and disappointed. Yet, even with just over the 40% popular vote statistics, I haven’t heard anyone protesting in the hundreds that the voters who elected the Notley Alberta NDP were scum.
Unfortunately, this progressives as sore losers is not a new phenomenon. It was similar in Ontario in June of 1995 when the Mike Harris PCs swept the NDP from power with a solid majority government. I worked for one of those MPPs during that mandate and was invited, with his family, when he gave his oath of office. Believe it or not, it was only two weeks from the date of the election, yet outside the legislature there were hundreds of protestors yelling “shame, shame.”
I wondered then who should be ashamed since the PCs hadn’t done anything yet except win an election. Now I know, given the reaction in Canada over the past few years and now in the U.K. The progressives were yelling shame at the voters who dared to vote conservative.
So, this morning I wasn’t surprised to read a Mail Online column entitled The Incredible Sulk because the sulking in the U.K. sounds so familiar to me. Take the last four years in Canada, for example.
Since the May 2, 2011 federal vote produced a majority Conservative Government in Ottawa, NDP, Green and Liberal media and party supporters have been whining and yes, sulking, that the Conservatives stole the 2011 election because: (1) of robocalls; (2) of mistakes made by Election Canada; and/or (3) 60% of the voters didn’t vote for them.
Never mind that every political party uses robocalls. Never mind that Elections Canada, in spite of clerical errors declared the election valid. And never mind that progressive parties often win with around 39 or 40% of the vote with few questioning their legitimacy. In fact, the Bob Rae NDP won a majority government in Ontario in September of 1990 with only 37.6% of the popular vote and I saw no protesting by conservatives over that reality.
The crux of the matter is that progressives are closer to regressives when they lose an election because they endlessly protest and blame voters for the result when conservatives win. While conservatives, whether small “c” or capital “C”, simply express their disappointment when they lose an election and then get on with life — knowing there is always the next time.