Hot-takes condensed: the European Parliamentary elections.
1. The great anti-Brexit backlash of 3rd May 2019, has been followed by the great pro-Brexit backlash of 26th May 2019. Sending a clear message, to both main parties.
2. One Pro-Brexit party may very well have gained more MEPs than all of the anti-Brexit parties combined; but this only demonstrates how much the public now opposes Brexit.
3. The Conservatives’ ineptitude, inner-turmoil, Parliamentary defeats – and heavy local electoral losses – all reflect very badly on the Labour Party.
4. Ukip voters have switched almost entirely to the Brexit Party. This changes everything; even though nothing material has altered.
5. Jeremy Corbyn would do well to heed the advice coming from people who oppose him, undermine him at every opportunity, and have judged nothing correctly in recent years.
6. Politics journalists have the very keenest understanding of matters – as proven by the fact that, after all the media hype, Change UK finished with an impressive zero MEPs. That’s a number which can only increase.
7. By saying one thing, then saying the opposite, then saying something else – then proposing something completely different altogether – media columnists demonstrate their sheer mastery of the current situation.
8. Either evil Jeremy Corbyn’s villainous refusal to relinquish his tyrannical grip on the Peoples’ Vote-eteers valorous uprising is the sole obstacle to their imminent and glorious victory over Brexit. Or the Peoples’ Vote campaign is ineffectual, due its own inherent short-comings.
It’s impossible to say which is more likely.
9. The European Parliamentary elections are of the utmost significance for Britain’s long-term future, even though it is set to leave the EU in a few months’ time.
10. Labour are not centrist enough to win a General Election, and too centrist to win European Parliamentary contests, and not centrist enough to win Council votes.
11. There is no difference between short-term and long-term strategies. There is no difference between short-term and long-term gains.
12. The Labour Party should form its policies via a brisk read of the comment pages, once a day – and deliver a different manifesto, every 24 hours.