The big story of these local elections isn't in the numbers. It's in a single number, in fact. Politicians and newspapers can reel off endless stats detailing huge Labour gains and catastrophic coalition losses to their hearts' content, but there's only one figure that really matters today.
It's the number thirty-two, and that's the percentage of the population who actually turned out to vote in yesterday's local elections. It is striking that at a time of seemingly perpetual national crisis, less than a third of the citizens of one of the world's oldest democracies wanted to have their say.
Ed Miliband has said the elections show that Labour are "winning back people's trust". David Cameron blamed a "difficult national backdrop". Typically, they are both so insulated within the cocoon of party politics that they spectacularly miss the bigger picture. The population didn't shun or endorse anyone: they gave mainstream politics the cold shoulder.
These elections show that the majority of the population simply feel that there's nobody worth voting for. As a result, no one really won in these elections, but our democracy was the biggest loser.