There is a mystery about the media coverage of the Newark by-election result. The most interesting thing about it was the abysmal failure of the official opposition, just one year ahead of a general election. The New Labour percentage vote actually dropped, and even just taking the New Labour v Tory vote, the New Labour swing from Tory was only 2 per cent. That is an almost unprecedentedly poor performance by an opposition in a by-election at this stage in a parliament, and a very, very plain indication of what was already obvious – that Miliband is not going to be entering the door of No. 10.
Yet Sky News, the BBC and the Guardian have virtually nothing to say about New Labour’s disastrous result. Both Sky and the BBC this morning managed to give their analysis on the by-election without even mentioning New Labour at all. What can be the cause of this reticence? Is it that they are not anxious to point out to Scots that their choice is independence or more Tory government?