Starmer’s tenure appears to have doubled Greens’ popularity while Labour’s popularity goes backwards, but you’d never guess from the coverage
The UK media have spent much of the weekend – or of what little hasn’t been rammed with coronation sycophancy, at least – telling viewers and readers how last week’s local elections were disastrous for the Tories but, to quote for example the BBC, ‘Labour and the LibDems performed strongly’.
With regard to Labour, at least, this is pure spin. Starmer’s party stood still at best – peppered by some truly appalling collapses – in voting terms, falling far short of the vote share required for a general election majority, while the Tories fell past them.
The LibDems performed quite well, but the outstanding story of last week’s local elections – apart from Community Independent triumphs in Liverpool – was the Greens, who more than doubled their number of councillors in the contested wards from 240 to 481 and now hold 770 seats overall, after pundits predicted they would lose many.
And one of the main drivers of the Greens’ success has, according to the data, been Keir Starmer – whose success in conning Labour members to vote him in to run the party (into the ground) coincides with the skyrocketing of the Greens’ electoral fortunes:
This trigger-point may well be playing a major role in why the media are so silent on it, along with the fact that it puts Labour’s drab standstill into proper perspective: the media have cosseted and protected Starmer ever since he lied his way to the party leadership and commenced his purge of Labour members and his war on their democracy.
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