There’s that bit at the end of Nineteen-Eighty-Four where Winston Smith predicts how the news will play out before it does. Sometimes I feel like this. Things play out as you’d expect them to. I’ve been joking for months with the question ‘Which of our friends will have joined the Labour Party over the next 5 years?’ Why because provided the Tories got in, which was always the most probable election result, you’d expect everyone to get behind Labour. And low and behold, in the Guardian today.
Almost 10,000 people have joined the party since the close of the polls. The post-election boost represents a 6% rise in its overall membership, after years of dwindling numbers willing to commit to the party.