Around an hour ago, David Cameron opened the door of Number 10 Downing Street to his new Deputy Prime Minister, Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg – an historic moment, no doubt, but nothing compared to what would have happened had the country’s voters gone the same way as road.cc readers in last Thursday’s general election.
Our poll predicted a Lib Dem avalanche – the word “landslide” really doesn’t do it justice – that after we ran the percentage votes through the snazzy seat estimator gizmo on the BBC website predicted a map of Britain painted yellow, with the party winning 588 seats, Labour collapsing to 35 seats and the Conservatives winning just one. Other parties – mainly in Northern Ireland, plus Plaid Cymru in Wales and the Scottish National Party – accounted for the remaining 26 seats.
Okay, we’re not going to pretend that our poll, which asked you which party would be getting your vote in the election, was as scientific as the YouGov exit poll that accurately predicted a hung parliament with the Conservatives the largest party and the Liberal Democrats losing one seat despite predictions earlier in the campaign that they would increase their parliamentary presence as a result of Clegg’s performance in the first leadership debate.
A Lib Dem landslide? Dream on. Then again, you’d have got decent odds this time last week on Nick Clegg becoming Deputy Prime Minister.
Mindful that you’re probably as exhausted as we are with the whole voting process at the moment, we’re not going to put a new poll up right now, but watch out for another one soon here on road.cc… we can guarantee that whatever the Tories and Lib Dems have agreed, you won’t have to wait five years.
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.