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Exit hopes of a fairer life for all; VOICE OF THE.

WHATEVER happens from today, Britain deserves much better than the miserable past five years of despair and division.

David Cameron's Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition Government consistently stood up for the rich and powerful - while simultaneously stamping on the poor and disabled. Do you want to live in a country like that? No. But the shock exit poll by broadcasters - accurate in 2010 - predicts you will face another five years of just that, if not worse.

Surprising Conservative gains and Labour losses are forecast, with Scotland becoming a virtual one-party Nationalist state.

The UK itself could be threatened. But the future Government must accept that the weak need to be championed, not victimised. Workers who put in a decent shift must be rewarded decently instead of paid a pittance on zero-hours contracts. Public services, especially the NHS, must be cherished.

And the wealthy must pay their way instead of dodging tax. Britain deserves better and we know we can do much better together.

PHONEY Ed Miliband articulated this enthusiastically, earning plaudits for a buoyant campaign.

David Cameron, on the other hand, was deflated. It must have been personally humiliating for him to be told by Tory spin doctors, just a fortnight out from polling, that he must convince people he was in fact "pumped-up".

But the plastic Prime Minister revealed his true colours when he forgot that he is supposed to be an Aston Villa fan, declaring a preference for West Ham United - a telling slip that confirmed Cameron is 100% phoney.

Yet according to the exit poll, it is Cameron who will be popping the champagne corks - a sensational prediction, defying all opinion polls.

Its accuracy can only be measured against real votes by real people when all the constituency results have been counted.

But let us celebrate democracy for a moment. Tens of millions who cast votes have had their say. Working out exactly what they meant isn't always easy.

Except we know they want better for themselves, for their families and for their country. And people do deserve better.

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Title Annotation:Editorial; Opinion, Leading articles
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Article Type:Editorial
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:May 8, 2015
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