After yesterday’s local Government elections have come the spin, the excuses, the attempts to rewrite reality in a way which makes it more palatable to party loyalists, whatever their stripe. The problem, though, is not what happened last night, but what is more than likely going to happen in three weeks’ time.
And that is why Labour, alone of the major players, has to get real and talk about the elephant which is not in the room. Sure, The Red Team has had some successes. But the last time the seats up for grabs were last contested - four years ago - the party did not post a good set of results. Trafford, Calderdale, yes - these are useful gains. But they do not suggest Jeremy Corbyn’s team will beat the challenger it needs to beat next.
Squeaky scenting another EP triumph finger up the bum time
That next challenger was not on the ballot yesterday. UKIP was there, and Adolf von Batten’s new street fighting machine, generally, failed to impress, losing dozens of seats. There is little point in paying any attention to the Kippers in the upcoming European Parliament elections; they are a spent force, and Batten is a charisma-free zone.
The Brexit Party - split already
Labour supporters know who they have to face down on May 23rd. Part of the challenge is the fragmentation of votes caused by CUKTIG, or whatever they’re called this week, being on the ballot. The Greens may have a similar effect. But the main event is Nigel “Thirsty” Farage’s Brexit Party. It is polling ahead of any other party grouping right now.
So let's try not to send those people to Brussels, eh?
That has to be tackled head-on. Farage and his pals are not serious about engaging within the European Parliament. He, and they, are carpetbaggers, freeloaders, opportunist shysters who do not give a rat’s arse about ordinary working folk. They care about the advancement of Themselves Personally Now. That is their sole motivation.
Fudge not selling very well
None of those on the ballot for the Brexit Party merits election. None of them. There is no coherent policy platform on which they stand, other then being against a largely fictional “establishment” and “elite”. It is fictional, because it is they who are the elite and the establishment, trying their best to con their way on to the gravy train.
Fudge being called out
And it is Farage, a congenital liar, a chancer, and someone who has no plan for Brexit that would survive first contact with the real world, who Labour should have been targeting, should now target, and should continue to target. His self-promotion, his dishonesty, his pals, his candidates’ extremist views, his lack of knowledge, his track record of delivering nothing but hot air, his expenses fiddling - all must be ruthlessly exposed.
Lib Dems 500 seats up, Greens 130 seats up - La la la, fingers in ears, Lucy can't hear you
Moreover, Labour’s message cannot be a fudge. Not when Farage will be monotonously banging out his one trick Brexit pony, claiming someone has “betrayed” someone else, while not letting slip that he has betrayed everyone who ever voted for him, and will continue to betray everyone who votes for him in future. That is his only consistency.
That's because it's not a protest vote, and it won't be in 3 weeks' time
The Lib Dems have put on hundreds of seats in the local elections. They are an unequivocally Remain party. Would Labour prefer that they do better in the European Elections, too? Would they prefer more Green rather than more Red? A little CHUK, too?
Well, no they wouldn’t. So Jezza and his team have to choose, and wisely. They want to look after The People. Farage wants to look after Himself. Hammer that message home.
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