What are we to learn from the two by elections that were held yesterday (23/02/2017)? Well I am sure there will be a lot of mendacious spinning by all sides some of it might be true but most of it not worth the hot air that was expelled by the talking heads. This being said the one clear signal is that UKIP are in serious trouble. Stoke on Trent Central, (wherever that might actually be as Stoke on Trent as a place doesn’t as such exists) was one of the most Brexit constituencies in the country and yet THE brexit party wasn’t able to make any gains over the general election result. What is that I hear in the wings the fourth (or is that fifth? I have lost count) coming of Nigel? Perhaps.
Other than that the most interesting lesson is that it probably confirms what we already knew…Labour are in a right mess and yet not such a mess though that because they won in Stoke with a prominent remain candidate. I am still trying to work that one out as well but one thing is for sure they are in no fit state to win the next General Election and that is a real problem, not just for the Labour party but for the country as a whole as this places no pressure on the Tory government to try and move towards the centre but instead to move back to the right…now who called the unelectable Conservative party ‘the nasty party’? How times change.