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May I be the first... [May. 1st, 2007|11:53 am]
Douglas Spencer
... evidently not, because I've seen the topic arise elsewhere on my friendslist already.

But today marks ten years since our last change of national government, and we're two days away from local government elections in many places outside London and from elections to the Scottish Parliament and the Welsh Assembly.

I could say all sorts of things, and I've already said a couple of them in comments elsewhere, but if anyone wants to say stuff without putting it in their own journal then here's a handy placeholder for you to do so.

I have an icon that's pro- one party, and another icon that's anti- another, but here instead is an icon that's politically neutral (aside from the fact that the ballot box is orange and the cross is red).

[User Picture]From: cobrabay
2007-05-01 12:44 pm (UTC)
I was just looking at the list of candidates in my ward, and the others standing in the 18 wards (PDF) up for election in Wokingham. Much to my surprise I found I had a Labour candidate, surprise because I've heard nothing from them or had anything through the door. The only candidate to canvass was the Lib Dem a few days back. I was about to shoo him off so I could dry my hair, when I noticed his name, took another look at him and asked "Did you used to work for ICL?". Turned out he was an old colleague of mine who I had not seen in over a decade, a decent chap and good systems analyst back in the day, so he can have my vote. Not that I expect it to make much difference given the current make up of Wokingham council.
Looking at all the wards in my council voting this time, I was interested to see that there is a UKIP candidate in every one, but only 15 out of 18 with Labour candidates, which shows a surprising degree of organisation on UKIP's part. I was also wondering why 3 of the Tories have listed themselves as standing for "David Cameron's Conservatives", instead of plain old Conservatives. Seems a bit presumptuous to start the cult of personality this early.
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