The Chesham and Amersham by-election result provided an incredible mix of local and national issues for the Liberal Democrats where they were able to show how far the Blue Party has gone to the left. From the devastation caused by the new HS2 rail line that is to run through the constituency to proposed planning changes that could see great swathes of English countryside turned into housing estates, it appears the lurch to the left under Johnson is alienating former Tory heartland.
The losing Tory candidate said, “The Lib Dems threw the kitchen sink, the microwave and everything else at this seat.” Well, they might have, but ultimately leaflets, posters and high profile visitors don’t win elections. Yes, they help, but particularly in by-elections, policies that affect the constituency come to the fore. The lack of confidence in this government to protect their way of life saw voters register their frustration.
Boris and his team have thrown money at their newly gained, former “Red Wall” seats like an over-enthusiastic mother of the bride throwing confetti. Not real money, of course, but the newly printed or borrowed kind. The great “evening up the country” drive is nothing more than communism under a shiny new name.
Andy Street, the West Midlands Mayor, keeps up a constant monologue telling us about the money he’s won, or secured, from central government. What he means is; “I have persuaded this government to borrow money, in such quantities that your children and grandchildren will never be able to pay back, and thus will be held in hoc to the government forever through ever-increasing taxes.” Doesn’t sound like a vote-winner to me, but he’s got away with it so far.