What messages can be taken from the local elections? At first glance, they were fairly mixed and muddled, but on closer analysis some clear patterns emerge.

For Labour in England, this was supposed to be the election at which Red Wall voters angrily withdrew the votes they had lent to the Tories in 2019. The Conservatives would lose badly, as a prelude to potential general election wipe-out. The immediate outcome might this weekend have been the forced resignation of Boris Johnson.

It did not happen. The only place where anything like that scenario was acted out was London.