Three things about the UK’s general election results:
1. The Greens took more than a million votes and kept their MP. We donated to their campaign despite not being able to vote and are delighted with the result. They also picked up 18 local council seats.
2. For all those calling for proportional representation (PR), think about this: if we’d had PR last night Ukip would have taken 80-odd seats.
3. If Cameron is good to his word the UK will now hold a simple, in/out referendum on EU membership. We think that’s actually no bad thing. The government will campaign to stay in, so will Labour, so will the SNP, so will the Greens. The ins will win by a fairly big margin, and with that the whole issue of the UK’s EU membership will be put to bed for a generation. Ukip – particularly after Farage’s personal humiliation – will be toast. Forget all that talk of coming second in so many constituencies: once their raison d’etre no longer exists, they will disintegrate quickly.