Croydon and Harrow switching to the Tories and Tower Hamlets to an independent cancels out Keir Starmer’s one supposed bright spot from a disastrous set of local elections
Keir Starmer’s wonky-wheeled attempts to claim this week’s local elections were a win have come completely off the rails after Labour lost three London boroughs to cancel out the three boroughs gained that Starmer has been trumpeting as a supposed sign of progress.
Starmer focused – he had to, there was little else he could talk about – on Labour’s wins in Barnet, Wandsworth and Westminster to try to spin his way out of taking responsibility for the rejection of his policy-free, status-quo-friendly dronery around the country. But Labour lost to the chaotic, murderous Tories in Harrow – next door to Barnet – and Croydon, and to the much-smeared Lutfur Rahman, standing for his own ‘Aspire’ party, in Tower Hamlets.
The supposed progress was in fact zero. The so-called ‘mainstream’ media have not yet corrected or updated their headlines to reflect what really happened.
Meanwhile, Welsh Labour – led by left-winger Mark Drakeford – made far bigger progress despite Drakeford’s struggles with his party’s right-wing limpets dragging him back. As usual, however, the media are spinning on behalf of Establishment creature Starmer and underplaying Drakeford’s wins.
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