So, the Conservatives get in because, although not enough people voted for them, they could bribe the DUP with £1 billion to prop them up.
They leave it to developers to decide housing policy and the developers get mega-rich while saying they are too poor to build affordable homes and even renting a home is now beyond many (working) people.
They cut public services such as the NHS, education – to the bone.
They privatise anything that can be privatised – including the NHS and education.
What they can’t privatise, they put under the control of unaccountable quangos such as “business led” Local Enterprise Partnerships, which make Walter Mitty claims that they will get “productivity” soaring (by making sure that government money gets funnelled into THEIR companies) and councils roll over for them (they are given no choice).
Public utilities – water, gas, electricity, railways – are now all mostly owned by foreign companies which repatriate profits to their own countries.
They cut benefits whilst allowing tax dodging by rich individuals and powerful companies on a truly breathtaking scale.
They get most of their funds from donors who benefit from privatisation and austerity and tax dodging.
They say they are returning “sovereignty” to the UK but strip MPs of their voting powers.
They refuse to accept that “green energy” is now cheaper than nuclear power and fossil fuels and instead commit to a nuclear white elephant that belongs to the French and Chinese (who are ceasing building massive nuclear power stations at home and investing instead in renewables)
We won’t mention the Brexit omni-omni-mega-no-words-good-enough-for-it shambles. Except that we can, they say, rely on the United States to see us right.
Yet, come the time when it looks like their “leader” is on her last legs and a snap election may be on the horizon they tell people they are going to do “something” about housing and the NHS – as if the mess they are in is not their fault. Perhaps a commission, perhaps a policy paper, perhaps a “consultation” … perhaps.
A little money will be shaken from the magic money tree (soon to be swallowed up by not-so-magic higher prices).
And thousands of people will say “Good enough for me – I’ll vote for them again”.
Truly we live in strange and frightening times.