The left needs to engage with the unpleasant truth that on 10 June political polarisation mainly benefited the right.
Comparing the two Greater London Authority (GLA) top-up elections, this becomes clear.
After the 2000 GLA elections Socialist Worker pointed that out if other socialist candidates had united with the Socialist Alliance we would have won a list seat with 5.3 percent. This time Respect, with no socialist competition, won 4.7 percent on the list, although accidentally spoilt ballot papers cost some votes. The Green vote fell from 11.1 percent to 8.6 percent, while the far right (BNP and Ukip) went from 5 percent to 12.9 percent.