The final results from across the UK on May 5th 2011:
Although these are not results from a general election, there is an interesting trend here. Despite their austere cuts, the Conservatives are not taking the hit in the polls. Furthermore, Labour have a very marginal lead, one that they could form no government with, were it a general election.
Labour will realise they need to step up their game, negative politics is not serving them well enough in opposition. If Labour want to have hopes in the next General Election, they need to reengage with the electorate, and decide on a positive direction for opposition. The critical opposition strategy will only wash if they offer a viable alternative, and it just doesn’t seem like they are just now.