May 23, 2008


Rampant Tories crush Labour (Andrew Porter, Political Editor and Nigel Bunyan, 23/05/2008, Daily Telegraph)

The Conservatives scored an emphatic by-election victory this morning, wiping out a significant Labour majority in a previously safe seat, and adding to the pressure on Gordon Brown's leadership. [...]

Crewe and Nantwich, with a majority of 7,078, had been considered a safe Labour seat, but Mr Timpson convincingly beat off the challenge of Tamsin Dunwoody, the daughter of the late Gwyneth Dunwoody, whose death caused the by-election.

It is the first Conservative gain in a by-election for 26 years and the first from Labour since 1978. The overwhelming victory will lead to comparisons with the wins that Tony Blair secured in opposition when John Major led an unpopular Government.

The Tories secured 49 per cent of the vote, Labour 30, and the Liberal Democrats 14. The turnout of 58 per cent was higher than expected.

A similar swing in a General Election would give Mr Cameron a comfortable Commons majority.

Eric Pickles, the Tory MP who masterminded the Conservative campaign on the ground, said this morning: "We've won and we've won big."

It's fascinating to watch the respective Left's of Britain and America so decisively reject the Third Way figures --Tony Blair and Bill Clinton--who led them to atypical political glory in favor of the failed Second Way, which led them into the wilderness to begin with. Their utopianism ultimately swamps any pragmatism, which is what makes their politics so dangerous for a country.

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 23, 2008 8:53 AM

Yet our "off year" elections are all going the other way.

The idea that McCain will have any coattails is pretty thin.

Posted by: Bruno at May 23, 2008 10:07 AM

There are no coattails in off year elections. Those are seats you pick back up on the coattails.

Posted by: oj at May 23, 2008 11:10 AM

Woohoo. First, Man Utd's double over Chelski, and now this. A good week for England.

Posted by: Jorge Curioso at May 23, 2008 11:40 AM

Join me in belting out a chorus of "Jerusalem?"

Posted by: Bryan at May 23, 2008 4:30 PM