A few thoughts on the Local Elections.
1) Tony Blair is not planning to leave his job soon, and his firing of Charles Clarke (with an offer of another portfolio) shows this. He wants his supporters around him. This is also why Geoff Hoon is back, Prescott has been neutralised and Gordon Brown will remain where he is. Keep your friends close, your enemies closer.
2) I think the biggest story of the night isn’t the BNP (more on that later) but that Ealing went to the Tories. This has been solid Labour territory since 1994 and is seen as a sign of things to come at the General Election.
3) Tories have done the least disappointingly out of everyone. Labour didn’t go into meltdown apart from in London, Tories only made huge gains in the capital. The Lib Dems, BNP and Greens all did worse than they expected.
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