In cricket, there are rules to determine when the batsman is out, and there is an umpire to apply those rules and pronounce a verdict. Nevertheless, the tradition is that the batsman should walk before the umpire calls him out. Simple honour and conscience dictates this; where it is clear that the batsman's innings is evidently over, it is wrong to hog the stump and waste everyone's time waiting for the inevitable signal from the umpire.
I'm sure you can see where this is leading... Yes, I'm talking about Gordon, of course. We have made our view perfectly clear; of those polled, not a single council is now Labour-run. One entire county is wholly free of Labour councillors (Surrey). In one ward, they fell behind the Official Monster Raving Loony Party, making them (in that ward) a fringe party.
The Euro elections were, difficult though that may sound, even worse for Labour. Beatin into third place nationally, there were regions in which fourth place (or worse) was set aside for them. On a national average vote of 15.3%, Labour are a minority party and any claim that they have a mandate to govern is, in the literal sense of the word, incredible.
The people have made their view clear; we do not want a Labour government. There is no alternative interpretation. He has missed the ball, and the bails are flying. The fact that the umpire does not have to be called in to decide for another year does not mean Gordon should wait for that time, only that he is able to do so.
Go now, Gordon, and retain what little grace and dignity you have left.