Okay, I don’t deny it was a bad result for Labour in Henley last night, but good grief, the BBC are laying it on a bit thick, aren’t they?
So Labour voters stayed at home and most of those who turned out voted for the Liberals. That’s generally what happens when there’s a straight fight between the Tories and the Liberals in a by-election that everyone knows isn’t going to make a difference to who governs at Westminster. And as Tessa Jowell has just pointed out on BBC News, we were squeezed in exactly the same way in past by-elections, even when we had a significant national poll lead.
Still, let the baby have his bottle. If the Tories and the media imagine this means the end of Labour, bless. Gives them something to obsess about for a few days, and what’s wrong with that?