The morning after
Tired, depressed, hungover. I stayed up until: couldn't take the idiotic commentary on the TV any longer. (Poor Armando Ianucci, having to stand next to Joan Collins all that time.) Nothing had improved when I got up early this morning.
Starting to look at the results in more detail. Pleased to see that the BNP failed to win any seats and that Nick Griffin himself was decisely rejected in Barking. Depressing though that over half a million people voted for them nationally, twice as many as voted for the Greens in the general elections.
The Trade Union and Socialist Coalition, after a poor campaign, achieved 12,007 votes, not very impressive.
The Lewisham Deptford results are still not in, but I was pleased to see Heidi Alexander, one of the best examples of Labour in Lewisham, comfortably take Lewisham East. Labour's Jim Dowd has kept Lewisham West.
update 1: Top commentary from: Sir Alex Ferguson.
update 2: Apparently, the count hasn't even begun in Poplar and Limehouse or Bethnal Green and Bow, so we will have to wait to see if the odious George Galloway has won the latter or the excellent Rushanara Ali the former.
I am also pleased to see Jon Cruddas, one of my favourite MPs, retain his seat. Other MPs I like did who retained their seats include Denis MacShane, with a somewhat reduced majority, John Mann and Jim Murphy, with increased majorities. Cruddas, according to the commentariat, is now poised to play a key role in the Labour leadership issue...
update 3: Got to go and do some job work. Keep your eye on Brockley Central for local results.