If Labour are ever to win a Westminster Election again , it will not be because voters suddenly start agreeing with their policies or them finding a charismatic new leader.
It wil be because the London media simply got tired of constant Tory Government after 13 years.
Yes they found a leader in Tony Blair who was willing to cosy up to the likes of Rupert Murdoch , but his landslide coincide with the rise number of people not voting and tat many Tory voters actually helped Blair's landslide by not voting
|Election||Date||Elected prime minister|
|Winning party||Seat majority||Seats||Turnout[2|
|1979 (MPs)||3 May 1979||Margaret Thatcher||Conservative||43||635||76.0%|
|1983 (MPs)||9 June 1983||144||650||72.7%|
|1987 (MPs)||11 June 1987||Margaret Thatcher||102||75.3%|
|1992 (MPs)||9 April 1992||John Major||21||651||77.7%|
|1997 (MPs)||1 May 1997||Tony Blair||Labour||179||659||71.4%|
|(MPs)||7 June 2001||Tony Blair||Labour||167||659||59.4%|
|2005 (MPs)||5 May 2005||Tony Blair||66||646||61.4%|
|2010 (MPs)||6 May 2010||David Cameron||Conservative (coalition)[b]||78[c]||650||65.1%|
|2015 (MPs)||7 May 2015||David Cameron||Conservative||12||650||66.1%|
|2017 (MPs)||8 June 2017||Theresa May||Conservative (minority government)[e]||−5[f]||650||68.7%|
|2019 (MPs)||12 December 2019||Boris Johnson||Conservative||80||650||67.3%|
- Wasting at least £156m of taxpayers’ money on 50 million face masks deemed unsuitable for the NHS. They were bought from a private equity firm through a company that had no track record of producing personal protective equipment – or indeed anything for that matter – and that had a share capital of just £100. But this company, Prospermill, had a crucial asset. It was co-owned by one Andrew Mills, adviser to the government, staunch Brexiteer and cheerleader for international trade secretary, Liz Truss. Somehow Prospermill managed to persuade the government to part with £252m, boasting that it had secured exclusive rights over a PPE factory in China. Just one problem. The masks it produced use ear loops, when only masks tied at the head are judged by the government to be suitable for NHS staff.
- Housing secretary Robert Jenrick's encounter with Richard Desmond at a Tory fundraising dinner last November, at which Desmond showed the cabinet minister a video of the housing development he wanted to build. After this encounter, Jenrick promptly rushed through a decision on the project, the speed of which allowed Desmond’s company to avoid paying roughly £40m in tax to the local council. That move was later designated “unlawful”, and Jenrick was forced to overturn his decision. It should be noted that developers have given £11m in donations to the Conservatives since Johnson arrived in Downing Street just one year ago.
- Seven government contracts together worth nearly £1m that were awarded in the course of 18 months to a single artificial intelligence start-up, an outfit that just so happened to have worked for Dominic Cummings on the Vote Leave campaign. The company is called Faculty and, handily, the government minister tasked with promoting the use of digital technology, Theodore Agnew, has a £90,000 shareholding in it. More conveniently still, Faculty’s chief executive, Marc Warner, has attended at least one meeting of Sage, the scientists’ group advising the government on coronavirus. Warner’s brother, Ben, works at Downing Street as a data scientist and has been a regular at Sage where, as one attendee put it to the Guardian, he “behaved as Cummings’ deputy”. Faculty insists all “the proper processes” have been followed in the awarding of their contracts.
- A political consultancy firm with strong ties to both Cummings and Michael Gove managed to win an £840,000 contract without any open tendering process at all. Public First is a small research company, but it is run by James Frayn, an anti-EU comrade of Cummings going back two decades, and his wife Rachel Wolf, the former Gove adviser who co-wrote the Tory manifesto for last year’s election. The government says it could skip the competitive tendering stage because emergency regulations applied, thanks to Covid. Except the government itself recorded some of Public First’s work as related to Brexit (it now says this was an accounting anomaly and that all the work related to the pandemic).
- And then there is the prime minister’s list of nominations to the House of Lords. Besides his brother Jo, you’ll also spot former advisers, donors, Brexiters, and longtime Johnson pal Evgeny Lebedev, the Russian-born billionaire owner of London’s Evening Standard.