I'm sure many of those reading this are pooped and them some, I know I am. I'll not be writing a thesis here but thought I should put down a few observations from a very disappointing, worrying, night.
The Greens, that I campaigned for, advanced - although not as much as we were expecting (this is without the London results announced). The Party's precis of election results gives you some detail although the nine gains and four loses (making a net total of five more councillors) is still moving forwards, even if at a very modest pace.
Within this is the very important news that Norwich Greens are the first Greens in the country to become the official opposition on a city council and are only two seats behind the minority Labour administration (13 seats to 15). Astonishingly, in the vote share across the all important Parliamentary constituency of Norwich South the Greens outstripped their Labour rivals by two thousand votes putting Adrian Ramsey in good shape to defeat Charles Clarke when the general election is called. Really.
The vote across Norwich South reads Green: 29%, Labour: 25%, Tory: 23%, Lib Dem: 22%
I was amused to spot this comment from one Labour supporting Norwich resident;