Wednesday, 27 April 2022
Last year's local elections were a catastrophe for Labour, which lost huge numbers of seats that it had retained or gained in 2017, when, for example, it had picked up a seat in this ward. Labour lost control of several major local authorities, including this one, which was the first that it had ever won, and which it had not lost in the intervening century. This year, Labour is briefing that 2018 was a high water mark that it could not possibly hope to reach again. Who was the Leader of the Labour Party in 2017 and 2018?
Confining itself today to MPs in receipt of the Conservative and Labour Whips, Russia sees that Keir Starmer, David Lammy, Yvette Cooper, Wes Streeting, Thangam Debbonaire and Rachel Reeves are not worth sanctioning (although Reeves's sister is, which must sting), but that Diane Abbott, Richard Burgon, Dan Carden, Ian Lavery, Ian Mearns and Lloyd Russell-Moyle are. It sees the long term. With or without the Labour Party. The fate of the French Socialist Party awaits that.