Labour haunted by old slogans
Percentages are the nightmare of many a school pupil, and the ones in the latest political poll represent a nightmare for the Labour Party.
For anyone not a dab hand at the maths, a four point fall to 15pc in Labour's rating since the election may not look too bad. But it represents a percentage fall of more than 20pc -- which means almost one in four of those who voted Labour last year have now deserted the party.
Just like school, one cannot do well unless one learns one's lessons. This the Labour Party seems signally unable to do. It has bitter experience of how the junior partner in a coalition tends to suffer more from voter dissatisfaction. This was bound to be even more the case in this government, faced with the most unpleasant task of any administration since the Civil War.