CREWE and Nantwich has voted against the decision to abolish the 10p tax, was the message from the first Tory to gain a by-election seat in nearly three decades. “Gordon Brown just does not get it and the government needs to change,” said winner Edward Timpson, who saw a massive 17.6% swing to his party. Mid-term elections are notorious for giving bloody noses to ruling parties, and while it may only be a snapshot of opinion, the ailing leadership of Brown can’t ignore such a strong message from voters. It may well mark a turning point for the Conservatives, although whether they have an answer to our economic woes is another question. Oddly, Belfast-born ballot babe Gemma Garrett didn’t make much of an impression with the electorate!