Some good points but for many it was an almost involuntary cry of alarm at what the consequences of the result would be.
Perhaps everyone’s entitled to an initial outburst — like swearing when stubbing a toe? While I know many who were as dismayed as I was by the result, I don’t know anyone who would really consider their vote more important than anyone else’s — hardly socialist principles (as it turned out, living in a safe Conservative seat, my vote was in practice worth rather less than many other people’s!). I think there is justification in feeling that the majority right wing press influenced many votes, and often in terms that incited fear and loathing and were economical with the truth.
The strength of the reaction was due to what seemed to many to be more of a moral choice than in many previous elections. Less than a week since the Tories gained a ‘majority’ (37% of a low turn-out) and we see what would appear to be evidence of what many had feared starting to take place: a Justice minister who has previously declared himself to be pro-hanging, a Culture minister who’s anti-BBC, an Equalities minister who voted against gay marriage, a Disabilities minister who voted against protecting the benefits of disabled children and proposed moves to reduce working opportunities for the disabled, abolish the human rights act, increase ‘snooping’, and bring back fox hunting.
Yes, those who felt superior to the ‘thick electorate’ were/are wrong but those who registered their fear for the future of the country seem to have been somewhat justified, don’t you think?