One good thing about the 6 May results: it looks as if George Galloway is finally out of British politics.
In 2004 Galloway, expelled from the Labour Party, was offered a troop of activists to sustain him as a political figure by the Socialist Workers Party (SWP), who founded the Respect movement with Galloway as figurehead.
The SWP hoped that Respect would enable them to win over Muslim youth brought onto the streets by the marches against the Iraq war, and so agreed to overlook Galloway's record of friendship with leading figures in Saddam Hussein's regime; of taking money from Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and the Emirates for his political enterprises; and of never being particularly left-wing even in Labour Party terms.
By 2007 Galloway and the SWP had fallen out. The SWP hived off, leaving Galloway with a rump. However, Galloway had been elected as MP for Bethnal Green and Bow in 2005, and Respect had won 12 seats on Tower Hamlets council in 2006, so the rump Respect still had hopes as an electoral if not as a grass-roots activist force.
On 6 May Galloway's designated successor, Abjol Miah, finished third in Bethnal Green and Bow. Galloway himself, moving to the neighbouring constituency of Poplar and Limehouse, also finished third.
The twelve Tower Hamlets Respect councillors of 2006 had already been whittled down by defections, and after 6 May only one remains.
Respect still has three council seats in Birmingham. Only one of those was up for contest on 6 May, and Salma Yaqoob defended that successfully. She also did relatively well in the parliamentary election, winning 25% and coming second in the Hall Green constituency.
This may be partly because Yaqoob has a more left-wing - and less demagogic! - political profile than Galloway, and, although a religious Muslim herself, is less Muslim-communalist than the Catholic Galloway.