Andrea Leadsom was unfairly mocked this week for a slip of the tongue, when, speaking in the House of Commons, she described Jane Austen as “one of our greatest living authors”. She immediately corrected herself, “greatest ever authors,” but the caravan of mockery had already set off. It is not as if she has never said anything that is genuinely controversial or foolish, depending on one’s point of view, but I suppose the derision this time was a bit of harmless fun.
Among the thousands of words written before the election that turned out to be irrelevant – and I wrote many of them about the effect of the Fixed-term Parliaments Act on a minority Labour government – perhaps the most mistaken were those devoted to the subject of the Great Fragmentation of British politics. We had entered the era of five-party politics, it was said. Six in Scotland.
It is possible that some people voted Labour because they didn’t think Jeremy Corbyn would win. There may have been some who were opposed to Corbyn but liked their local MP, or wanted to bring Theresa May down a peg or two. They might have thought it was safe to vote Labour because the opinion polls suggested that Corbyn wouldn’t be prime minister.
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Selecting a term
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