The Local Elections (2)

I have been trying to figure out what really happened in the local elections now that political commentary feels so unreliable, so influenced by what the government wants the narrative to be, setting the agenda for the BBC and feeding it to the newspapers. But it is hard to see it as other than pretty disastrous for the government: losing its flagship councils – Wandsworth, Westminster and Barnet; losing Tunbridge Wells; losing Somerset; in other words, losing the bluest of its heartlands. I can see it’s not necessarily a great result for Labour – actually better for the Liberal Democrats which provides the opposition in the south west. The opposition is so fragmented. So, it remains to be seen whether enough MPs make the calculation that they will lose their seat at the next election under the current leadership. It only needs fifty four.

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