Election advice from the Rolling Stones

No, you can’t always get what you want,
You can’t always get what you want,
You can’t always get what you want,
And if you try sometime you find,
You get what you need
…ooo000OOO000ooo…

We wanted a Labour collapse, we wanted to make a big step forward in Scotland.

We didn’t quite get everything we wanted but…….

We did put clear water between ourselves and Labour and we took seats off both Labour and the Lib Dems.

We are now a serious player in Welsh politics again.

We made good inroads into the North of England, controlling more councils in the North West and Yorkshire than Labour; including South Ribble, Chester and West Riding. We are also the only major party to make net gains in terms of council seats.

My unspun (as far as I can) round up.

Labour: A very bad result but not appalling.
Conservative: A very good result but not outstanding.
Lib Dems: A very poor result but not terminal (yet).
Nationalist Parties: A good result but not for the BNP.

Favourite moments?
1. John Reid setting an “impossible” target for us (just like in London last year) and then watching us beat it (just like in London last year).
2. Conservative leader of Birmingham council’s bullish interview at about 2.30 in the morning.
3. Watching a string of Labour and Lib Dem MPs claim that no one had really made any great improvements as Conservative win after Conservative win came rolling across the screen.

We needed a good solid result, a good showing in the North, maintaining our position in the South and building a strong national campaigning base back up again.

We got what we need.

6 responses to “Election advice from the Rolling Stones

  1. the Lib Dems are in real trouble. They will start to turn on each other soon … (I hope).Its a good result – we’re on our way. I had a number of <>I’ve never voted Conservative before but I am/thinking of it this time<> type conversations. So the direction of travel is right.

  2. the Lib Dems are in real trouble. They will start to turn on each other soon … (I hope).Its a good result – we’re on our way. I had a number of <>I’ve never voted Conservative before but I am/thinking of it this time<> type conversations. So the direction of travel is right.

  3. Where’s Gordo? Apparently in a dark room having problems.If he had any sense he would nip off to the US for his World Bank Job or to the EU.And it can’t be nice having Ian Hyslop mention your gay lover on HIGNFY. Look what it did to Lord Browne.

  4. Where’s Gordo? Apparently in a dark room having problems.If he had any sense he would nip off to the US for his World Bank Job or to the EU.And it can’t be nice having Ian Hyslop mention your gay lover on HIGNFY. Look what it did to Lord Browne.

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