On the ostrich retreat
The following email from Harriet Harman was sent to Labour party members today:
A heartfelt thank you to all party members and party staff who worked so hard in the elections on May 1.
Congratulations to newly elected and re-elected councillors and Greater London Assembly members.
It was good to see the gains that we made, including in Slough, Liverpool, Ipswich and Oxford and the increase in our vote for the GLA in London.
But it was a tough night for the party in Wales, and in England. And I want to pay tribute to our council leaders and all our councillors who lost, and to Ken Livingstone who did so much in improving policing, housing and securing the Olympics.
This election was dominated by the economy and it is clear that people are feeling the pinch.
As the Prime Minister said, "We have to listen as well as lead", this means listening widely and responding wisely.
One consequence of the results of Thursday's elections is that there will now be closer scrutiny of what the Conservatives are proposing. We will now step up our attack on the Conservative Party.
Our values are clear and our commitment is strong. Working together we will make progress for the hard working families of Britain.
Thank you so much for your support
I fear a complete lack of clear values is what did for Gordon Brown on Thursday. A failure to recognise this will only set the rot more.