Panelbase Apr 24, 2015 0:03:22 GMT
Post by casualobserver on Apr 24, 2015 0:03:22 GMT
Personally I think it will be easier to fight back if they do have few candidates to get abysmal ratings, and can make a more convincing comeback in 415 years time if they can boast a trebeling of candidate numbers and have a couple of wards they can make an effort to be relevant in.
It could be a long climb back, but it's easier to start with an improvement than a continued struggle...
Corrected that for you!
Seriously, though, the phenomenon of the LibDem collapse in Swale needs to be put into some historical context. 1. The LibDems only really took off during the difficult Conservative local election years of the 1990s. 2. They lost a couple of key activists who migrated out of the area. 3. They never really established themselves politically in any ward - it always remained the individual who got support, not the party. 4. The new LibDem blood in the last 13 years has been anaemic - its just bad luck for them, geographically, that no new activist(s) have come along who are capable of re-invigorating the group locally. 5. Labour's co-ordinated local election successes over the last 13 years have given anti-Tory voters a more credible party to rally around than the LibDems.