12 June 2004


It's rather early to judge the "Super Thursday" election results for one simple reason: they're not all in yet, and the European parliament election is the one that matters most in terms of judging the national mood. But a few things can be said about the local and London elections. First, as David McKie wisely put it in the Guardian on Saturday (click here), the Tories' performance was nowhere near as good as in the late 1960s, when Harold Wilson was prime minister, or in the dying days of the Jim Callaghan government in the late 1970s. Second, the left outside the Labour Party did very badly. See here for a round-up of the left's performance. And third, the BNP did much worse than many people led us to expect.

More to come on this . . .

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