Why is it that so often when people lose elections, it can’t just be because they weren’t the best candidate?  It can’t just be because they weren’t very good.  Increasingly it always has to be some grand conspiracy or other.  It’s always somebody else’s fault, or something happened that shouldn’t have happened.  Never the slightest chance that they lost, fair and square?

I am often surprised, amused and intrigued to hear pronouncements from sources which make the most outlandish claims.  Anybody with a little intelligence can simply do the math, apply a little logic and see that it simply cannot be what they say it is that caused them to lose.  The numbers don’t add up.  But they don’t want to do the math, because that would mean acknowledging and admitting the truth – that the loss that has so outraged them was entirely fair and reasonable and nobody’s fault but their own.

We see this in International Politics and we see it at a very local level too.  Don’t want to admit you were beaten?   Make some silly claims, stick your head in the sand and pretend it was in some way crooked.  Anything appears to be better than just graciously accepting you lost.

It particularly tickles me when an election result goes a different way to what some people think it should and they cry “foul” saying “democracy is broken.”  They might blame the Russians, or London, or the “Wisbech Mafia” or whatever, the truth remains the truth.  Democracy is only “broken” if the complainers get to revisit the result in order to have another crack at winning.  And sometimes even then, they lose again.

One of the things I’ve learnt, from personal experience too, is that things just don’t always go the way you would like.  It’s not the Illuminati at work, it’s just the way things go sometimes.  Get over it.