By-election junkie that I am I was compelled to stay up and watch Sky News last night (thanks to the ex-pat community here it is widely available in Prishtina) and follow the results of the by-elections. Congratulations to Greg Stone who did a great job with Ruth Milburn and the team up in Sedgefield and congratulations also to Nigel and the team in Ealing Southall. I'm sorry that I was not able to play a more active role.
Despite all the hard spin I think David Cameron will have been feeling rather concerned that the Tories are still not able to hack it in by-elections. He still does not seem to have been able to get it right with regards to candidate selection and the Tory grassroots have to be getting more and more frustrated. He's always wanted to do a Blair but to get more and more detached from the Party is perhaps not a wise strategy. Another failure like last night and he's likely to end up following IDS.
The only slight niggle I have is that the Tory vote did not collapse enough and enable us to take two seats. The Tories are probably not much more than spoilers now and Brown will have to fancy his chances if he calls a May 2008 General Election.