If the Tories make gains in the North (as everyone expects that they will), then, as last year, that will be anything but a triumph for David Cameron.
It will prove that there are votes to be had here, but only by people well-known in their localities to be about as unlike David Cameron as it is possible to be, and to dislike David Cameron about as much as it is possible to do.
What do people in Notting Hill imagine that Tory Councillors in the North are like? Ed Vaizey?
No, they are not.