Labour punish coalition at polls.
Labour have won a string of victories in English and Welsh local elections, with the party set to add more than 700 seats.
A lot of councils going to NOC. The one ray of light for them will be Boris in London if as expected he does win.
Labour lost 350 seats in the 08 election with 159 councils electing. With 181 electing, if the Tories lose 400ish (which they're on course to do) I'd say they've done alright. It's not catastrophically bad, certainly not as bad as the Lib Dems, who've just evapourated.
Ultimately they're an incumbant party, trying to push austerity measures, it's not going to make them very popular. General discontent at that, combined with the last two months or so, double dip recession, petrol crisis etc, I'd say it's worrying for Milliband that he hasn't utterly annihilated them. If Labour had a likeable leader who wasn't blessed with the personality of beige, the Tories would be in trouble.
The interesting one will be the Ken/Boris battle, although a lot of that will be a battle of personalities rather than party policy.
32% turnout in England. That's sums up the lack of belief in our whole political system right now.
On the bright side the BNP have been ****ed just a shame the greens are doing so well, just think if the Lib Dems didn't join a coalition with the Tories they would be miles ahead right about now.
England screwed by posh tories in one hole and in the other one by labour
Apparantly Boris (Conservative) has 50.1% of the vote, ahead of Ken (Labour) with 33.6% with 5/14 constituencies declared. Many of the areas yet to declare tend to lean towards Labour though. This is going to be quite close.
You almost have to feel sorry for themndependent candidate Professor Pongoo (a man in a penguin costume) received more votes than the Lib Dems in the Pentland Hills ward in Edinburgh.
Prof Pongoo, real name Mike Ferrigan, canvassed support in a rather terrifying penguin costume. He even promised to attend full council meetings in the getup and no doubt, his policies on climate change were top notch.
Boris Johnson won the election by 1.05m votes to 992,000
Voter turnout is the big story. Less than 1-in-3 voters bothered to turn out.
If only Liabour hadn't been such huge proponents of centralised Gov't, having councils might actually count for something.
Related: Bliar was drubbed at the 99 council elections, and won the GE by landslide.
In the People's Republic of South Yorkshire it has often been said that the deep thinking electorate would elect a monkey if it was waving a red flag. Why do they have to keep proving it?
As has been said above, no change, just same old same old and democracy takes a back seat.