Local elections: Right-wing media are spinning like tops after Labour does BETTER than expected

Has anyone every heard as much nonsense as we’ve had on the national media after the local elections on Thursday?

They’re pretending that Labour had a disastrous result and my advice is: Don’t believe a word of it!

Labour was predicted to win 51 per cent of the vote in polls published before voting started – in fact, that party won slightly more than 53 per cent of the seats available.

It was an increase of 77 seats, meaning the number of Labour-held council seats is at a new post-war high point.

By contrast, the Conservatives won 30 per cent of the seats available – a reduction of 33 councillors.

And we’re being asked to believe the parties are neck-and-neck!

It isn’t realistic. If you hear anybody saying Labour did badly and the Tories did well, those people are lying to you and should be treated with suspicion in the future.

Check the numbers yourself from now on because you certainly won’t get any sense from the mainstream media.


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13 thoughts on “Local elections: Right-wing media are spinning like tops after Labour does BETTER than expected

  1. Simon Cohen

    Indeed Mike! The Right Wing press had set the bar so high for Labour in order to make it look like failure. It is a further sign that our media has sunk to the level of moronic blather. They will become irrelevant in a few years (hopefully!).

    More depressing though is the sense in which our politics is stuck fast like the ‘proverbials’ in an S-bend. I suspect this could continue for some years with Tories and Labour at about 40% each. I suspect that however incompetent the Tories are and how much suffering they mete out, this 40% feel they are managing and have benefited enough from neo-liberalism and want to hold on to their assets without rocking the boat and are scared of change whilst being unmoved by the suffering of the ill and vulnerable and the shattered hopes of the young.

    These folk have also bought the economic myths about deficits being ‘bad’ which the Tories and the media propagate. The opposite is true, of course-it’s private debt that is the issue and that causes recessions. The Tories and the media have inverted economic reality to suit their dodgy agenda.

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      The thing is, Labour actually topped the bar that the right-wing press set.

      The Tories and Labour aren’t at 40 per cent each; Labour is at 53 per cent and the Toriesa are at 30 – that is the message of the local elections.

    2. Simon Cohen

      Absolutely Mike. I was, of course, referring to the national polling which is very stuck at present-let’s hope that the council election results have some bearing on this. It doesn’t always translate to national polls due to the demographic differences and local factors.

      The (PNS) ‘projected national share’ ( had everyone voted around the country), which is a statistical abstraction and might not be reliable puts the parties at:

      Conservatives: 35%

      Labour: 35%

      Lib Dems: 16%

      Others: 14%

      Which does echo the national polls, in respect to Labour/Tory being neck and neck rather depressingly. We still have a struggle ahead here Labour needs to go for the disaffected non-voter with some energy.

  2. Stu

    In order for their biased narrative to work, the BBC have deliberately ignored the increase in Lib Dem councillors because to acknowledge this they would have to recognise the Labour’s equally high increase.
    Something else to note is that the only thing that saved the Conservatives was scooping up UKIP votes but they still lost a lot to Labour and Lib Dems.

    My own hard Tory council has lost almost half their votes to Lib Dem and just as many to Labour compared to 2014, so that swing to the centre has to be very significant.

  3. NMac

    Lies, lies and more lies. That’s all the right wing politicians and press have to offer – barefaced lies.

  4. Geoff Walker

    You’re comparing % of vote to number of seats. It won’t do they are notmthe same thing. It just looks like spin. In fact Labour won just 35% of the vote well short of the 51% you refer to. Given the sheer incompetence of the Tory govt, Labour should have wiped the floor with them. They didn’t and you need to ask why. Then there was Barnet…

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      The 35 per cent figure you quote is just an estimate of what the national vote would be, based on the proportion of English council wards that were contested on Thursday. I’d like to see the methodology for that estimate!

      In the meantime, it is not acceptable for you to quote the percentages you do – that is the spin!

      And Labour did wipe the floor with the Tories. Try to keep up.

      1. Courtney Elliott

        Absolute nonsense. Labour won 35% of the vote. That’s not a “projection” as you claim, it’s a fact. Really, you need to get a clue what you’re talking about before you start patronising people.

      2. Mike Sivier Post author

        Citation needed. Have you seen evidence of the actual number of votes cast?

  5. Courtney Elliott

    Really, this piece is so riddled with fantasy-world nonsense (and deception) that it’s difficult to know where to start. The way it pretends that the 51% of the vote Labour was predicted to get (which was actually only in London) was exceeded because they won 53% of the SEATS is either pure Daily Mail-level lying, or just idiotic ignorance of politics. Either way, do not take this site seriously. It’s not telling you the truth, it’s just inane Corbyn-besotted propaganda and lies. (And, of course, they won’t have the courage to publish this.)

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      Why should I not publish your rant?
      I notice you provide absolutely nothing to support your story.
      That’s the usual situation with people like you.

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