well, not really, LOL. May they have ever colder winters till they look forward to things like Global Warming.
despite much deeply negative advertising by the Tories and polling which said it was too close to call, or the Tories would win, or that it would be another minority Coalition Government.
People are polled out. They don't want to talk for 20 or 30 interminable minutes with some stranger on the phone about who they favour and what their attitudes are. I did it for a half dozen rounds, and then stopped. So many people use the telephone for advertising, and to try to sell you memberships or tickets to the Symphony (believe me, if I had the money I'd go !!!)
How nice that there is somewhere more sane than the US. Eric Cantor, whom I didn't like because he bent over forwards to allow the Tea Party easier access, was still at heart an old-fashioned conventional multi-issue Republican. Not a Bircher, or a Goldwaterite (who still looks mainstream when compared to what passes for "the Base" in Republican circles now) or a Reaganaut (because he had naught between his ears) or a Bushy with the IQ of a rabid sheep, or a screaming gun nut. In a different less partisan time, I might even have liked him.
Polarization in Canada is less than the US but is still present, and is pandered to by the Tories (Conservatives), who listen far too much to the Professional Conservative Think Tank class from the US, an influence far less apparent among Liberals who, because there is a third and more progressive party, the New Democratic Party, don't feel they have to cosy up to the Conservatives in order to try to steal their votes. They can put forward a platform of beliefs and plans for spending without kow-towing to special interests the way the Tories do, and the way Republicans have done since the days of Nixon and the Southern Strategy.
The Republican Party has always been the party of moneyed interests, business, unfettered, unregulated Capitalism and other special interests like the Religious Right, or the Deep South with it's simmering racism, or Right to Lifers willing and able to kill for that right (!!?), or the anti-immigrant crowd, or the very wealthiest 1% of Americans. Those in their thinking are not special interests.
In a supreme example of blaming the other party for faults in itself, the Republicans have insisted that the Democratic Party is the party of special interests, you know: people; the poor, the middle class, regular people, people who don't want to get shot by some mental defective with irrational rage issues against his mother or the "Government". People who would like to be sure that the water they drink hasn't been polluted by Cliven Bundy's cattle (I'm sure he thinks that he has a sovereign right to do that) or some Corporation "Too Big to Sue", who lets their sludge contaminate the drinking water of hundreds of thousands of people with no penalty, not even a slap on the wrist. And People who just want to be able to breathe the air without Sulphur Dioxide and other harmful chemicals which could be avoided through the use of Gas to drive the Electric Generators rather than Coal. Even in Britain they use Coal Gas rather than Coal. It burns cleaner and they use scrubbers to clean the flue gasses before they hit the atmosphere.
Jobs lost? Just how many people make their living mining coal and leaving huge tracts of land uninhabitable for millennia? Not many anymore. But there are members of the 1% who get all their money that way. Big machinery has put more miners out of work than has (or will) the Carbon Tax or the Clean Air folks.
But do, please, die on the barricades to preserve the right of a tiny few (who would rather cross the street than pass you on the sidewalk. That's why they live where they do, so as not to have to consort with people who aren't just like them) to pollute your air and your water and to make your part of the planet uninhabitable, just don't question my motives or my right to oppose you and stop some 0.1% Corporate guy from screwing the nation and the planet.