The Hartlepool defeat for Labour was upsetting, but it didn’t surprise me.
The pandemic squeezed the politics out of the campaign with people in forgiving mood towards the Government following last year’s bad mistakes.
Freshly vaccinated voters were showing little anger, just a desire to pull together and get through it all.
I say little anger, but if I am honest, where I did detect this, it was directed more at Labour than the government.
As I revisited areas where I used to receive strong political support, I was told that Labour had lost its way.
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