29 November 2009
Look at this Cornwall unitary council by-election result from St Austell the other day:
Liberal Democrat 690 votes, Conservative 675 votes, Labour 66 votes. The Libdems won the seat previously held by a Conservative. Cheers — diffugere nives — and groans — occidit, occidit — no doubt.
Look again. What do you notice? No, not the winner and losers, not Labour’s parvissimum vote. Here’s a clue. Something is missing. Someone is missing. A party is missing.
Yes, that’s right, Mebyon Kernow isn’t there.
The ‘party for Cornwall’ did not put up a candidate.
Diffugere nives redeunt iam gramina campis
The snows have gone and now grass comes back to the fields and leaves to the trees
HORACE Odes 4.7
Spes omnis et fortuna nostri
All our hope and luck have gone, gone
HORACE Odes 4.4