Yesterday there were three by-elections in the UK. These were to vote for each regions Parliamentary representative. Mid term most governments can expect not to do well in an election. When they are doling out what they believe to be nasty tasting but necessary medicine they are bound to fail.
In yesterday's elections held in Rotherham, Middlesborough and North Croyden the electorate sent out a clear message to the Tories and Lib Dems.
The message is we have had enough.
All seats were won by Labour, the opposition. However the share of the vote is what could be telling. In two of the seats UKIP, the United Kingdom Independence Party, came second. They still did not secure enough votes to win a seat in Parliament but they had their biggest successes to date.
Perhaps what is worrying is that other so called fringe or looney tunes Parties also did reasonably well. In Rotherham the BNP, Respect and the English Democrat parties were all ahead of the Lib Dems, currently one half of the coalition government.
The Tories also saw a nose dive in their support but they faired better than the Lib Dems. It was always expected that the Lib Dems would feel the wrath of any voters. Without their continued support the Tories would have been unable to easily take up office or bring in many of their reforms.
The leader of UKIP Nigel Farage has of course applauded the result. It should perhaps be noted that the release of details of a couple excluded from fostering eastern European ethnic children because "they were UKIP members" could have been good for UKIP. All along it smacked of political opportunism on all sides. After all the story hailed from Rotherham, one of the Saets up for grabs.
These are the all important figures for Rotherham, courtesy of the BBC:
In North Croyden the figures stacked up:
Each party leader has spoken of the result trying to talk the numbers up and reason away defeat. Few have accepted that they prove that in the North and South of the UK voters are sick to death of the Coalition.
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