That feeling you get in the pit of your stomach when you have a flash of recall following a night out drinking a bit too much, I've been getting that all day today, and I wasn't even drinking last night. I was watching the General Election (#ge2015) results come in, in disbelief.
The flashes I've been getting, accompanied by an internalised "Oh, God! No." were recollections of the decisions and proposed legislation made by the last government. Things they came close to imposing, things that didn't q u i t e get through - last time.
The Conservative Party now have five whole years in which to get through their legislative programme. It's a fair bet it won't bear much resemblance to their manifesto, but what we'll get and what we'll have lost scares me.
TTIP - they'll assist that going through
The NHS will be further privatised, and TTIP will ensure it can never be restored.
Green energy - gone.
Fracking - that'll be back on the agenda
Trident - Total waste of money
Universal Credit - IDSs stillborn brainchild
Digital Economy Act - take 2 or is it 3 now?
Compulsory internet filtering (to protect the children)
24/7/365 population monitoring by security services to remain unscrutinised
Rail de-privatisation - impossible
Willful ignorance of scientific evidence
Further education cuts
Austerity to continue despite being debunked by the IMF years ago
The list goes on.
Now, I'm no dyed-in-the-wool Labour supporter. I only voted for them for the first time yesterday, but my decision was based upon evidence I've seen with my own eyes. This government is filled with rich spivs, creaming off money for themselves and their friends. The campaign they fought was a catalogue of lies and deceit. +David Cameron
Osborne, and of course Grant "Michael Green" Shapps repeated bald-faced lies about the administration that preceded them, and made empty uncosted promises in an flagrant attempt to bribe the electorate. The meaning of "the letter" Dave was flapping about turns out to have been twisted. The addition of the simple word "left" making it seem as though Labour were laughing as they ran away from the previous administration. But this all went unchallenged. Labour are at least partly responsible for that error. The broadcasters failed in their duty to inform by not correcting facts, and simply regurgitating the front pages of the right wing press without comment.
On the contrary, Ed Milliband came across as passionate, honest and even compassionate throughout the campaign. He spoke sense on many issues but the relentless "geek" portrayal in the papers seems to have been impossible for people to see past.
The next 5 years are going to be hell for a lot of people. The Lib-Dems, despite their backtracking on key parts of they 2010 manifesto, did at least achieve some moderation as the minor partner in the coalition. I think they've been unfairly punished and Nick Clegg's words that he would put the brakes any Tory or Labour government going too far to the right or to the left, fell on deaf ears. And now we're stuck with the smug, self-serving, nasty party, and apparently millions of ignorant and ill-informed people are ecstatic about it.
It's a shame we all have to suffer for their stupidity.