posted on May, 22 2008 @ 06:30 PM
I agree, it looks like whatever happens it'll be a bad night for Labour.
But let's just have a little perspective & a look at where we are and where we are coming from.
The Conservative Party is hoping for its first by-election gain since 1982
BTW the BBC (on their 'News 24' channel) have been reporting that the last tory by-election victory whilst they were in opposition was 1978.
An incredible 30yr stretch.
If they were incapable of breaking that 'record' then for all their supposed 'appeal' & 'modernisation' Cameron & Co. might as well pack up and
A single swallow does not a summer make: just as a single favourable by-election result (in a huge and long-running swathe of bad by-election results)
does not a shoe-in for the next general election make.
It'll be a better night for the tory party and it's coming in a better year for them too.
......but, and let's be honest, from where they were the only way possible was up.
There's a long way until the next general election and when most people start to see the effects of the recent tax cut -
which judging by the tone of the outrageous press this story has received will come as a very pleasant surprise to many -
I suspect things will begin to shift again.
Too late for right now and of course there have been problems but in the longer term I doubt things are anything like as bad for the Labour Gov as
some would love to portray.
[edit on 22-5-2008 by sminkeypinkey]