The exit polls were a shock. There were hours of disappointment before I went to bed. When I finally made it up again there was lots of drama, but more despair.
A majority for Dave and his mates.
How is that even possible? The vilification of the poor, vulnerable or disabled. The selling off of the National Health Service. The pandering to the wealthy at the expense of the rest of us. Systemic abuse of the ‘others’. Deliberately chosen by the electorate.
No longer can we talk about Dave having no authority for his decisions. The British electorate decided, against all the odds and contrary to all the pre election polls, that they want more austerity, more food banks, more benefits sanctions, more capitalism. I am genuinely baffled. And bruised.
In our own constituency, I voted for the weak, unlikable incumbent to reduce the chances of a Conservative led government. A conservative majority was never a consideration.
What do we do now? Those of us who believe in equality, equity, supporting the sick and vulnerable, valuing all the people? Those of us who are exhausted and defeated?
We must find ourselves again. We will be resilient. But, today we need a boost, and a reminder.
Will there be room in Scotland for everyone?