The election results over the last few days have been very bad for Labour.
Brown and his, increasingly small, core team have been trying to define the criteria for assessment for weeks. Thy claimed that people would say "a pox on all your houses" and abandon all of the mainstream parties, they said that economic crisis was the end of capitalism, they said the Gordon Brown was well respected by the grass roots and voters even if the Westminster village were attacking him. All of these claims have been shot to bits by the results.
In both the European and local elections voters abandoned Labour and rather than run to the loony fringes voted Conservative. The Conservatives have beaten Labour in many of Labour's traditional heartland regions.
The fact that left of center parties all across Europe have lost votes to the center right shows that voters do not believe in the end of capitalism, rather they recognise the need for business minded parties to dig us out of the economic hole we are now in.
And most damning for Brown is the clear statement made by the British electorate. Far from being an issue of Westminster introspection, his failings as Prime Minister have been rewarded with the worst Labour election results in 80 years.
I suspect that Brown will refuse to recognise any of these things and try to carry on regardless, I also suspect that the Labour party will show just as much weakness now as they did after Blair. It was that weakness which let Gordon Brown walk into Number 10 unopposed and untested.
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