Despite all the scandals currently surrounding the Lib Dems & how lowly the Lib Dems might currently be polling nationally, its not really a great surprise to me that the Lib Dems won the Eastleigh by-election; as Eastleigh is something of a Lib Dem stronghold.
I might be a political commentator & total political anorak; but knowing that it was pretty likely that the Lib Dems would more then likely win Eastleigh, I didn’t stay up for the Eastleigh result & got my beauty sleep. I might the of decided not to stay up for the result from Eastleigh as many a political anorak might, but I did hope as I went to bed that Eastleigh was going to be a miserable result for the Tories & I awoke to find out that Eastleigh by-election had been a miserable result for the Tories.
UKIP pushed the Tories into third place at the Eastleigh by-election & now grassroot Tories are blaming their piss poor performance at the Eastleigh by-election upon David Cameron’s push to expand marriage equality for same-sex couples. All morning I’ve heard backbench Tory MPs & grassroot Tory members on the radio say they reckon that the reason the Tories performed so badly at the Eastleigh by-election was due to Cameron’s support for gay marriage.
Supposedly the Tory leadership’s push to expand marriage equality for same-sex couples has had grassroot Tories ripping up their party membership cards & driven them en-masse towards UKIP. Personally I’d of thought that forcing out homophobic bigots from the Tory party would potentially make the Tory party a more inviting prospect for LGBT people & isn’t that a god thing for the Tories, ah but of course there are still those who reckon being tolerant & accepting towards the LGBT community isn’t really proper true blue conservatism. The Tories are better off without those who reckon that true blue conservatism is to continue to treat gays & lesbians as second class citizens, the Tories are better off without these bigots; fuck it let them go & join UKIP.
The Eastleigh by-election was the second parliamentary election in a row that UKIP scored a second place & it’s bewildering to me that there can be that many people voting for UKIP not realizing what a bunch of head-banging reactionary rightwing bigots UKIP happens to be. The UKIP leadership recently sacked the leader of UKIP’s youth wing after he came out in support of gay marriage, as this didn’t fit in with the very public play of Nifgel Farage (UKIP’s leader) to attract bigoted Tory homophobes dissatisfied with Cameron’s push to expand marriage equality for same-sex couples. UKIP are a party openly making a play in attracting bigoted homophobes, what does that say about the true nature of UKIP’s attitude towards equality & specifically LGBT equality? It’s obvious to me that behind all the bullshit spin UKIP a bunch of reactionary bigots & I’ve been saying for a while that UKIP are the BNP for respectable people, the BNP for supposedly respectable middle class people.
As it goes it’s probably not the issue of gay marriage which is the underlining reason for the Tories plummeting electoral fortunes. The reason the Tories are performing badly at the ballot box has likely nothing to do with gay marriage but probably everything to do with austerity, but hey some Tories just won’t be told that it’s their incompetent economic policies that is the reason they’re performing badly at the ballot box & they’ll keep on blaming expanding LGBT equality.