It’s always best to leave a couple of days after a big shock, to let your emotions settle.

When I saw the first exit polls just after 10pm on Friday, the colour drained from my face. Every poll, and logic, suggested a hung parliament, with the Tories scraping a few more seats by virtue of Murdoch’s hatchet job on Ed Miliband. Nothing had suggested a near majority. I trembled and scoffed. It would likely not be quite as disastrous as that. Paddy Ashdown said much the same. We were wrong: it was much, much worse.

Every person who had suffered under this coalition hoping for some respite was metaphorically kidney-punched: a Conservative majority. Slim, but clear. I’ve felt nothing but abject despair since it was confirmed. I woke up the next morning in a bleak fugue.

Over the last five years, unless you were in an insulated middle-class bubble, many things have steadily declined. Good independent businesses closing down. Vastly increased homelessness. NHS staff at breaking point. Teachers abandoning the profession in droves. Creative people lamenting their lack of opportunities. This is just my own personal experiences, I’m sure there are many more tragic stories all across the country.

Even in our glorious cash-cow capital, the locals are being eased out of sight to make room for oligarchs laundering their dirty money on top-end property. Authentic cockneys will soon be talked about in misty-eyed rhetoric.

How could this happen? How could this despicable bunch of crooks con over eleven million people into voting them in without restraint? How could people who had suffered from the banking crash trust the party funded directly by those culprits of the crash to put things right? Were they condoning the almost-unheralded transfer of wealth from the poor and middle classes to the super-rich, while advocating the asphyxiation of the welfare system?

I heard a lot of people talking about this result in terms of a rugby match: “Hard cheese Reds, the Blues have got the reins for the next five years, better luck next time!”; as if there will be no dire consequences even for them in this next Parliament. They do not seem to have grasped what a catastrophe this is for the entire nation. But I digress.

I don’t expect the majority of the country to empathise with ‘bleeding heart liberals’; some people, despite their vulnerability, are simply cold, hard-headed bastards who believe everyone can make it big if they just ‘pull their socks up’. As admirable as that can-do attitude is, it’s got nothing to do with competence in office.

So tell me, how can a government that wasn’t trusted last time and failed at every one of its OWN targets, be approved to carry on without restraints this time? What’s the message?

“Well you made a right balls-up of that last term, what with doubling the national debt, missing the deficit targets and losing the AAA credit rating with the slowest recovery on record, but I guess those pesky Lib Dems were the cause of most of that. Without them around, you’re bound not to do anything to jeopardise the economy or the NHS, and you certainly wouldn’t allow another banking crash like Labour did.”

You guessed it folks, that slowest recovery on record was not linked to any significant wage growth, so it’s going to be predominantly private debt, mostly mortgages taken on by people on modest salaries through the truly imbecilic ‘Help-to-Buy’ bribe. The next crash is not far away, and neither is the demise of the NHS.

By voting Tory, people have essentially approved the scandalous ‘Health and Social Care Bill’, which will see the NHS almost certainly introduce charging in this parliament, barring a bombastic series of protests. And don’t forget, those charges will be going chiefly into the pockets of the American healthcare conglomerates who have filled the Tory coffers for the last five years. I would not be surprised to also see the knocking of the end of the ‘Universal service’ for Royal Mail. It was inevitable the minute it was privatised.

Don’t forget: David Cameron, as nice as people seem to believe he is, has said explicitly that he believes everything bar the military and parts of the judiciary should be privatised, either directly or through outsourcing. Hello G4S police militia, Serco surveillance, Capita Workfare, and Tesco Social Services.

The last government even managed to privatise things that stretched the limits of morality: blood supplies and ambulance services among them. This obsessive privatisation will mean that the rest of the postwar consensus will be flogged off like cheap trinkets at a market stall, with the worst part being that it will prove almost impossible to reverse. Even if outsourced providers prove more appalling than they already have been, the public sector may not have the right skills to take the services back, even if the electorate wise up and demand it.

So all we can do is wait for the inevitable financial crash in the next couple of years, whether we’re in the EU or not, and watch the corporate media blame Cameron, and anoint Boris the Clown to resurrect the Tories in time for an inexplicable re-election in 2020. And that’s even before we mention the horror of TTIP.

I know we should fight, but I feel like we’ve been fighting hard for five years and it’s been rewarded with an even worse future. I think I’ve lost faith. We’ll go on fighting, but we’ll go down with a deliberately sunken ship.


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