Why is it that the UK always votes on a Thursday? It took 3 days for our votes to be counted at last week’s European election because we needed to get in synch with the 26 other countries. By then cataclymsic changes had taken place on the domestic political landscape. When the results finally did come they were not a pretty sight for anyone inclined towards Labour. But the good news is that Euro polls rarely predict the General Election result – take 1984, 1989 and 2004. Furthermore, proof of the European elections’ status as receptacle of protest votes par excellence can be seen in the fact that the BNP and UKIP have not scored as well in the local elections this year; as it seems to be conventional wisdom these days that European elections simply don’t count. As a former European list candidate I disagree of course.

Longer post by me on this is up at Progress here.