As junior coalition partner, Labour fell victim to its own opposition methods
Labour's true believers have excellent grounds to argue that they were given savage treatment by the voters in this election.
They were given 20pc of the action in government, and they collected vastly more than that in voters' revenge this weekend. When we say politics is a tough game, we are vastly understating the extent to which that statement is true.
Many good and decent Labour politicians have fallen casualty amid this. I have looked at politics from both sides of the divide, and have no wish to add to anyone's sense of loss.