What happened to the Liberal Democrat fightback? There was even a hashtag on Twitter #LibDemsFightBack with many a Liberal Democrat proclaiming they’re were going make substantial gains at the local elections which will put them on a good footing to win parliamentary seats from the Tories at the upcoming general election, but unfortunately for the Lib Dems ‘the great Lib Dem fightback’ didn’t transpire at the local elections & won’t likely happen at the general election. Maybe the great Lib Dem fightback didn’t happen because the electorate (like myself) have found themselves asking what the fuck do the Lib Dems actually stand for, I mean what the Lib Dems stand for seems to change as often the wind changes direction.
If there was any good news from the local elections for those of us with a progressive perspective, it was that the Green Party made a small gain in the overall number of council seats it holds across the country, in fact the Greens were the only party other then the Tories to make gains from this round of local elections.
Thursday’s local elections weren’t generally great for those of us on the left of the political divide & I can’t avoid the elephant in the room being the losses suffered by Labour. The truth is the local election results weren’t as disastrous for Labour as being hyped by the mainstream media & seized upon by those who are always looking for an excuse to oust Jeremy Corbyn as Labour leader. I’m not saying it’s a good thing losing nearly 400 council seats out of near on 5,000 that were being contested, any Labour supporter would have certainly hoped for better, but the losses suffered by Labour aren’t in fact showing the full story of 2017’s local elections.
UKIP’s electoral collapse at the local elections has been the Tories gain, there is now no longer such a divide on the right of British politics, UKIP have pretty much merged back into the Tory Party from once they sprung from & proves in recent elections in the run up to the Brexit vote that UKIP had been taking far more votes from the Tories then Labour despite what the likes of Nigel Farage & Paul Nuttall might have claimed to the contrary.
The story of the 2017 local elections is UKIP’s collapse has been the Tories gain not the spin the mainstream media & Blairites would like to feed the masses that it’s Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership of Labour which is solely responsible for the election losses suffered by Labour.