Well it's looking a bit ropey – we're 100 councillors and 8 councils down on the night so far and London, which is where things are likely to get really dicey, hasn't started to come in.
Locally, which is what I'm a bit more concerned about at the moment, the news is pretty mixed – if you can make sense of it all.
The official result – as given to the Beeb and posted on the Council's website has us down two seats, with the Tories down one and the BNP picking up three seats – except that going through the detail ward by ward, it actually appears that we lost four seats to the BNP and one to the Tories, picking up one back from the Tories along the way.
Whatever the actual figures, on a more personal note, it looks like everyone who was up this time that I personally have time for got through safe and sound – Bob Piper is definitely back in, and with a good 600 votes to spare, so its still going to be Councillor Bob on the blog. Other names will mean little to people outside this area, but its good to see Mick, Simon, Gurinder and Elaine are safely back on the council as well – and after all the communalist mucking around by the Tories last time out, I should mention that Mahboob got a hell of a good result, probably the best of the night other than the seat we picked up from the Tories.
I know the BNP thing is going to draw a bit of comment – looking at where we did drop seats to them there are few real surprises.
In one ward, the BNP came top when all three seats were up in 2004 due to boundary changes and our own candidate had a bit of an odd history where they went from being a signatory to the nomination forms of a Labour candidate to standing as an independent to being elected as a Tory over the course of three successive elections, and then crossed the floor and rejoined Labour.
In another ward we had a new candidate up, although that one's perhaps the most disappointing of the four as the last run of boundary changes moved a solid block of Asian votes into the ward, which it looks like we failed to get out, even with the BNP in the contest – I suspect that one will cause a bit of headscratching.
The third loss, in Great Bridge, was always going to be a bit of a dicey contest anyway while the fourth, which is going to be the big story as it saw a cabinet member lose his seat on a complete collapse in the Labour vote, coming in fourth and losing over 1,000 votes in the process – well if you know the ward well then you could see that coming a long way off, Should be a hell of an inquest into that result, but that's another story entirely.
A rough night then, if not a surprising one – looks like we've dropped a few more seats in Brum as well, one of them to RESPECT.
Oh bollocks – I'm going to bed.