A possibly interesting statistic: there were 21 councils in which the Liberal
Democrats lost 7 or more seats on Thursday. The total loss across these seats
was 255. In other words, across the rest of England the party made net gains
(just). By comparison, the top 21 councils for gains saw the party make total
gains of 134 seats. So the overall result does seem to have been particularly
skewed by a small number of particularly bad results. Intellectual hat tip: Pigeon
Laurence says he is "still trying hard to remain a Lib Dem under difficult circs". Laurence mate, my door is always open...