For the doomsayers election day was to have marked the end of the upstart Jeremy Corbyn and his past-sell-by-date socialists.
Instead, another humiliating defeat at the ballot box of public opinion, the hoped for catastrophe refusing to materialise.
So, the focus switches to Scotland but that is a dead sheep issue.
Labour’s prospects in Scotland were scuppered from the moment Ed Miliband – remember him – sided with the establishment on the independence referendum.
As for the Tories, their idea of success is to come a distant second to the SNP.
Scotland is destined for independence. Buy it, you’ll sleep better at night.
On the broader front, the surge of fascism sweeping across Europe seems to have been slowed in the UK.
Labour’s triumph in London is a good indicator, as is the success of the SNP in Scotland.
The Welsh result was also good in this respect, despite UKIP gaining seven seats in the Assembly, mostly people who have never been there.
Overall, the Tories’ performance was mediocre, losing seats and votes in England and Wales, noticeably in their traditional heartland the south of England.
They have been rumbled, a string of apparent concessions announced over the last few weeks failing to distract voters.
The downward spiral will continue until inevitable defeat in 2020.
For Labour, let there be an end to bogus vilification, for example the accusation of anti-semitism and Blairite plotting, and concentrate instead on getting rid of the most regressive Tory government in history.
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