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Some quick thoughts on #PeterboroughByElection

Many sighs of relief will be heard today, following LAB retention of a seat when much seemed stacked against them: disgraced incumbent; bullish and v.active challenger; less than scintillating candidate; etc

Turnout was also pretty high (48%), so can defend result as more as being more than just core votes

However, it was still very close (under 700 vote majority), main danger for LAB (& CON) is complacency: if BP couldn't here, now, then we've nothing to worry about.

As longer-run of euroscepticism has shown, even if successes appear fleeting, this doesn't undermine the persistence of such narratives and groups.

Indeed, repeated failure to get into office is cast as The Establishment 'just not getting it' and working to keep these concerns off the agenda

So yes, Farage has failed in yet another by-election, but as you will notice he has still done pretty well by it all, over the years.

Those looking for a more meaningful way to address scepticism/populism/etc need to think beyond the ballot box and come up with different ways of addressing underlying concerns of disconnect and disaffection

Again, longer-run view suggests that's rarely done and even more rarely successful, but to rely on the weight of the status quo is a poor strategy (cf. #euref)

Any way, back to a day of everyone justifying how this result is a vindication of their strategy

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