The European elections audit
How the nationals covered the European and local campaigns from May 12-26
Unfortunately, SubScribe's Sun archive has become corrupted, so the audit cannot be completed.
The montage above shows some of the material produced in print and online, including what was probably the most imaginative results-day front page (if you ignore the Katie rat's lie detector).
The Sun was far more even-handed than most papers in its reporting, giving space to Ed Miliband and Labour in relation to the European elections, rather than let him focus solely on domestic issues. There was still no space for the Greens, however.
Tony Parsons famously declared his intention of voting for Ukip and explained why in his post-election column. Trevor Kavanagh had earlier profiled Nigel Farage and expressed concerns about both the leader and his party. Louise Mensch had her knives out for Miliband, while Rod Liddle turned his venom on LibDems.
It was really quite refreshing to find what is regarded as a rabid Eurosceptic Murdoch mouthpiece giving space to such diverse opinion.
I am always besieged by decent ex-Tory and ex-Labour voters if I portray Ukip supporters as less than fully sane. And indeed there are oddballs, crooks and deviants in all parties.
Today could be the day the Liberal Democrats sort of cease to exist. A momentous occasion, then.
You may hate Labour for borrowing vast sums, spending it like drunks, negligently exposing our economy to the full wrath of the global recession and then refusing to apologise for it.
*based on online headline words
The European elections audit
How the Press
covered the campaign and the aftermath
Plus the papers' detailed breakdown
The Daily Telegraph
The last wordle
Ukip did best in Essex.
And Essex is always important because the old tribal loyalties of politics mean nothing in our most populous county.
The idea of voting Labour or Tory for a lifetime just because your dear old granny did is completely alien to the people of Essex — who tend to be hard-working, self-reliant, patriotic, family-orientated, aspirational and shrewd.
That is why Essex is so politically crucial, and such a bellwether, and tells us where our country is heading.
In Essex they do not vote for a party simply because their parents voted that way.
Essex Man voted for Maggie Thatcher in three General Elections.
Remodelled as Mondeo Man, and toning down the Estuary accent, he put Tony Blair in power and kept him there.
What is different about New Essex Man is the visceral loathing he feels for the established parties. He despises them all!
Farage’s bunch of clowns won a handful of councillors on Friday morning and Auntie Beeb had a fit of the vapours.
In fact, we’ve heard this before – it bigs up Ukip every chance it gets. Try this headline: “Local elections – Nigel Farage hails results as a ‘game changer’. UKIP won over 140 seats and 25 per cent of the vote... ”
That was 2013. A year ago. UKIP controlled zero councils. Today, the saviours of the Reds control... a whopping zero councils.
And they have new MEPs – ones you didn’t vote for, most likely, in the tiny-turnout election.
Ones you can’t name because you don’t have a clue which EU region you live in or how many MEPs it has. Let alone what party they all are.
And why should you? Do MEPs matter? Of course not. The UK can’t overrule Brussels and those Ukip troughers you voted in have the worst attendance record in that parliament.
- Louise Mensch
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