Angus Young: Prescott backlash delivered police commissioner victory
What lessons can be learned from the police and crime commissioner election now the dust has settled?
For Labour, the inquest is well under way.
As I said at the time, Lord Prescott's narrow win over rival and relative newcomer Keith Hunter in the party selection process to pick a candidate told its own story.
If the former Hull East MP could divide opinion among Labour's rank-and-file, the voting public were always likely to follow suit.
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With the supplementary voting system encouraging tactical decisions at the ballot box, second preference votes for Prezza duly trickled in.
Never underestimate people who actually make the effort to vote. They are becoming increasingly canny in choosing where to place their support.
Labour not only misjudged this but also pitched their campaign at a national Westminster-based audience instead of a local one.
In a mid-parliament election, Labour supporters know they should have won.
The Lib Dems pronounced themselves satisfied at coming second to Labour in Hull, although they lagged badly behind both independent Paul Davison and UKIP maverick Godfrey Bloom across the region in the overall first-preference poll.
Simone Butterworth's result in Hull was probably better than the Lib Dems could have hoped.
As for victorious Conservative Matthew Grove, I don't think I've seen a more nervous-looking person as the first preference votes rolled in.
I'm told some sitting Conservative councillors in the East Riding were more or less ordered to join phone canvassing on Mr Grove's behalf last week by regional party officials or risk being deselected ahead of the next council election.
Make no mistake, he eventually won courtesy of a public backlash against John Prescott.
But having secured a notable political scalp, the Tories can't afford to be complacent.
Mr Davison's strong showing in the East Riding, where he finished second, suggests a growing public appetite for independent candidates who manage to distance themselves from the mainstream political parties.
If a few similar committed characters like him emerge between now and then, I can see more independents challenging the Tories at the next East Riding election in 2014.
As for me, the lesson must be to put my money behind any prediction on a future election.
After tipping a Grove victory in this very column, I miserably failed to take advantage of the 100-1 odds briefly being offered by William Hill.
C'est la vie.