"That just sounds to me like balance. The Tories have fucked up the economy four times in my lifetime too. And they've fucked up the railways, the NHS and the schools in between.."
The railways were screwed way before privatisation (about the time it was nationalised). The civil servants ran it at the behest of the unions and left it, slow, late and filthy (now it's less late, a bit faster and much cleaner - just over-priced). The NHS is a wonderful, but flawed ideal that is based upon a myth of being "free" and yet consumes (tax payers) money like a Hoover, while offering services well beyond its remit (boob job anyone?). Schools have been under Union rule for decades - and God help anyone who dares question them or quantify their competency.
As for the economy, only four for the Tories? Every time Labour got in, they left it in worse condition after. Labour inherited an economy on the rise in '97 and took us into a deficit unlike anything in UK history. Oh, and look back at the left wing consensus in the '70's with Heath (barely a Tory) and Labour systematically allowing the unions destroy the UK economy, even as the oil started flowing from the North Sea. Or how about Labour wasting cash nationalising businesses the state had no reason to be involved with (cars, chemical, even sugar!) - money that would have been better spent on a multitude of areas that are the role of government- like infrastructure, defence and perhaps even the lefty favourite- decolonisation. When Labour screw up, they do it big time, every time.
I know the left are associated with red, but let's draw the line at looking at the past with rose tinted lenses.
However, I agree with balance - his election will add a comedy factor to parliament that hasn't been seen since Labour's 1983 election manifesto. Plus, the anti-Europeans have now gained a powerful ally - that might make the euro-referendum a little less rigged.