9:57 pm - May 1st 2008
LIBERAL CONSPIRACY CALLS FOR KEN LIVINGSTONE
… on the basis a wide range of conversations we’ve had throughout the day with people in the field and with senior insiders… and my mates from the pub.
2am I’m signing off from the live-blogging for now. It’s become boring and the only graphics the BBC can muster up is the tired Gordon Brown ‘From Stalin to Mr Bean’ one… besides, I have an article to file. I might continue in the comments though.
01:42am BBC is projecting national share of council elections as follows:
Conservatives: 44%, Libdems: 25%, Labour: 24%,
01:36am I like Shaun Bailey, but I don’t see how he can get away with saying Boris was winning on policy after the buses cost disaster. Emily Maitliss didn’t even contest that point.
01:22am Oh for fucks sake, Vine is rolling out the Gordon Brown ‘Stalin – Mr Bean’ graphic again. Who thought up these stupid graphics?
01:16am John Denham is on. I like John Denham. JD for PM!… I thought that was a VERY strong performance by Denham. What say you folks?
01:14am Emily Maitliss – “Johnson has got things together on his policies…” Oh really? What rubbish.
01:04 Unity says in the comments that BNP vote in Sandwell is collapsing, and is so far half what it was last year. Nice… Laurie has her own thoughts on the night. Update – Labour hold Sandwell according to septicisle in the comments
01:03am Jeremy Vine is dressed and talking normally again. THANK GOD.
00:52am Emily Maitliss: “Things are hotting up in blogland tonight…” Erm, are they? All I can see everywhere is everyone laughing at those terrible BBC graphics and JV’s bad American accent.
00:42am OMG Jeremy Vine is now presenting a Wild Wild West graphic! Jesus! I can’t take this anymore! What next? Cheerleaders?
00:30am First major result – Tories take control of Bedworth council, which had been Labour for over 22yrs. BNP took two seats.
00:18am Michael Portillo is twisting the knife into Boris live on TV. Brilliant. Good to know the Tories are delivering London their most able candidate…
00:12am Jeremy Vine is doing some bizarre graphic involving homo-erectus. Things really are getting desperate…
00:02am Right, I’ve got myself tea and some baby carrots with hummus, anything interesting happen while I was away?…. Thought not. Oh, Iain Dale is now on and telling us that ConservativeHome really have their finger on the pulse with their decision to call Boris for Mayor. Just remember, they called for Boris on the basis of… “…a wide range of conversations we’ve had throughout the day with people in the field and with senior Tory and other insiders…”
23:24pm Jesus! The pundits have been repeating the same soundbites for so long I’m bored out my brain. US 24hr news is much more exciting. I’m going to take a half-hour break, grab some tea and work on my article. Back later by midnight.. keep leaving your messages below.
As Dan says below, “There is a danger of something actually happening.”
23:17pm Birmingham MP says – “Our aim was always to limit the damage…” What confidence they inspire.
23:05pm Jeremy Vine is now just repeating himself. Jeez, I’m bored already.
22:55pm Jon Worth points out in the comments below that the BBC has done no exit polling tonight. Anyone know why? Sky hasn’t either it seems. The only “polling” we have is ConservativeHome and their mates.
Links: Our Alix Mortimer has this cheeky piece on CIF about the Libdems.
22:40pm BBC News – “will Gordon Brown tonight become Mr Bean?” There’s sophisticated political commentary for you.
22:33pm: Dan has posted expected decision times in the comments. We could be here for a long time. Good thing too, because I’ve got to file a piece for the Guardian by tomorrow morning.
22:26pm Oooh, ToryHome is already calling for Boris based on “…a wide range of conversations we’ve had throughout the day with people in the field and with senior Tory and other insiders…”
Ha ha! Based on my own conversations today, I think its only right that…: LIBERAL CONSPIRACY IS CALLING FOR KEN BASED ON A POLL OF MY FRIENDS AND “CONVERSATIONS”. There – I’ve called for Ken.
22:15pm: Maybe I should live-blog Alien V Predator. Looks more interesting right now. I’m not good at this politics malarkey am I? Maybe I should make some predictions…
Links: Labourhome is asking readers to back Ken. Well there’s a surprise…
Links: Libdemvoice points to this Times article which points out something shocking: Boris doesn’t plan to quit as an MP if elected Mayor. A part-time buffoon, just what we need… Why didn’t Andrew Gilligan find that out?
21:55pm: Right then, I hope I don’t have to reprimand anyone for voting Boris Johnson. I’m a bit torn actually as Alien Vs Predator is on Film4 and BBC News 24 is not looking exciting enough yet….
Sunny Hundal is editor of LC. Also: on Twitter, at Pickled Politics and Guardian CIF.
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