2019’s local election results are for me pretty frigging weird, take Swindon for instance where there was the recent announcement of an end to production at the Honda Plant which is situated in the area & this no doubt being a consequence of the Tories incompetent handling of Brexit & yet the voters of Swindon returned a Tory controlled council, but it’s the overall general outcome across the country of these local elections which has me scratching my head totally perplexed, I mean it was reported time & time again during the local elections campaign that canvassers from all parties were being met with hostility on the doorstep (including incidents of both verbal & physical abuse) about Brexit not being delivered & yet it’s the Liberal Democrats & the Green Party who’ve made the biggest council seat gains & these are very much the two parties who are the parties most vigorous in opposing Brexit, results worth noting included arch Tory Brexiter Jacob Rees Mogg now living in a Lib Dem controlled council in his Somerset constituency, the Lib Dems gaining control of former Tory PM David Cameron’s local Cotswold council & the Lib Dems controlling my local council though I didn’t vote Lib Dem & never will as I’ll never forget not forgive them for having jumped into bed in the aftermath of the 2010 General Election.
Of course as predicted the Tories got a drubbing at the ballot box, last time I checked the Tories had lost nearly a 1000 council seats & thus for the Tories this is now the worse ever set of local election results, so no wonder there were Tory activists heckling Theresa May to resign when today she spoke at the Welsh Tory conference as well as her own Tory MPs on BBC News calling for her to be ousted, If these local election results are any kind of barometer on Theresa May then she’s a far worse leader of the Tories then John Major was, but unlike when the Tories under the leadership of John Major were losing hundreds of council seats at the local elections, it’s not Labour who are gaining those seats, yes we have to talk about Labour’s underwhelming Local Elections performance.
Actually Labour’s local elections results weren’t underwhelming, Labour’s local election results were fucking woeful! At this mid stage cycle of a parliament, the party in opposition should be making significant gains at the local elections, probably for Labour somewhere in the range of 300–500 net seat gain, Labour however have made a net loss of around about 100 seats, oh it’s not just that Labour have made a net loss at these local elections, it’s also where Labour lost seats & lost control of local councils, Darlington, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Bolsover, yes Labour lost control of the council in Dennis Skinner’s fucking constituency, these should be safe as safe Labour strongholds!
Going on Labour’s 2019 local election performance they’re not going to be forming a government post the next general election, so why is this, we need to ask why Labour performed so poorly electorally yesterday? Well when Barry Gardner MP speaking on behalf of the Labour leadership appears on BBC News’s local election coverage takes near on 10 minutes to explain Labour’s policy on Brexit I think you have your answer as to why Labour performed woefully at the local elections.
Yes the local elections should be about bin collections not Brexit, but national politics have always been a factor when comes to local elections & one would be naïve to deny otherwise, so I agree with the general consensus of political pundits that it’s Labour’s lack of clarity on Brexit which cost them seats at these local elections. I’m a Labour Party supporter & a hardcore political animal & yet I’m pretty clueless as to Labour’s policy on Brexit, okay I kind of know what Labour’s position is but I certainly couldn’t explain it in clear & concise terms which is the point here. UKIP, the Lib Dems, The Green Party, even the Tories are one way or another pretty clear where they stand on Brexit, but Labour & Brexit, it’s about as clear as mud because Jeremy Corbyn has tried to be all things to all peeps on the issue, which leads one to think oh for fucks sake will you just come down one side or another on the issue! If Jeremy Corbyn & the Labour leadership want to back Brexit then fine that’s a definite & clear policy, alternatively so would backing a second referendum be a definite & clear policy, anything would be better then current mess of a position where you have Labour frontbenchers taking eons in attempting to explain Labour’s position on Brexit coming off sounding milli-mouth in the process & peeps tuning out & saying fuck you at the ballot box.
On many issues Jeremy Corbyn is bang on, but my support for Jezza is not unequivocal & I’m losing patience with his & Labour’s ambiguity on Brexit & so are voters less supportive of Labour then myself who are also less politically knowledgeable then myself, I’m no Blairite calling for Jeremy to be ousted, but what I’m calling for is Jeremy to get a grip & be clear as to where Labour stand on Brexit that’s all.