If you are a Venezuelan politician, the first order of business is a trigger warning: you may find what follows confusing and upsetting.
In the last few hours, it became clear Britain’s opposition Labour Party would lose the general election.
Today – literally the next day – Ed Miliband will resign his post as leader of the Labour Party.
The leader of the Liberal Democrats, Nick Clegg, who was Deputy Prime Minister and everything, has beat him to it: resigning his leadership while, bizarrely, leaving nary a fingernail mark on the coroto.
Amazingly, even Nigel Farage of the hard-right UK Independence Party resigned, even though UKIP’s share of the vote rose four-fold, because he failed to win his own seat. UKIP is as close as England has to a South American-style caudillo-centered party. And even he went.
It’s shocking, I know. And deeply upsetting. Why, if this precedent takes hold, if this irresponsible practice becomes institutionalized somehow, parties might even begin to renew themselves after an electoral defeat. And we can’t have that now, can we?
When will these Brits learn?