Saturday, May 12, 2007
Ming Must Stay!
Obviously this bag of sweeties didn't have Wurther's Old Original as a look at the results shows:
In Wales they achieved an enormous swing which saw their representation increase from 6 to a mind boggingly humumgous 6.
England was even better as they stormed to losing 246 council seats in a night of ecstatic celebration.And in Scotland they overtook all expectations by becoming the (fourth) largest party by increasing their overall total by minus 1 seat.
Maybe Ming was referring to Scotland when he referred to the results as a 'mixed bag' - a 'mixed bag' of target seats for all the other parties.
Old Porridge does take some delight in seeing the seat at the core of Michael Moore's constituency shape up to be a Tory gain next time round. One wonders when Michael will realise that being Ming's former chief of staff and current foreign affairs spokesperson may not be that rewarding, particularly since the council took on a brighter shade of blue.
The swing to the Nats in Argyll must have Mr Alan Reid wondering if he can airbrush out all mentions of that nice Mr Lyon from future leaflets. But since the council has gone semi-yellow and shut out the Fibs it may not leave the best impression of a party in decline.
Finally our old favourite Jo Swinson looks a dead cert for the chop as her core seat of Strathkelvin and Bearsden saw Labour not only take the prize but the Fibs crash to FIFTH place! They also lost control of the council in spectacular fashion.
Maybe Messers Reid and Moore and Miss Swinson will read the runes about Ming but the signs are that the party is in denial. Leaving them to regret not dusting off their CV's now.
Ming had suddenly become less keen on using bar charts
Re the Scottish & Welsh results - so even when they do get to fight elections under their beloved PR, they still crash and burn.