So how many days until polling day? Each day seems to blur into one – but campaigning is always good fun although it does feel a little strange doing it for someone else when you’ve been a candidate the last couple of times.
If someone asked me how it was going I’d say very well. There is scant evidence of any activity from the opposition in this neck of the woods. Part of me always thinks you can put huge amounts of effort in – but what effect will it really have. 250,000 bits of literature didn’t increase my vote one jot in 2005 when compared to the 2001 election. Yet the Lib Dem candidate who didnt put a piece of paper out bar an election address or knock on a door increased his vote by 20%.
What I like about is elections is some of the anecdotes you pick up on. This election has been no different.
First there is the chap who when I gave him a leaflet asked don’t MPs and candidates canvas anymore. I pointed out yes of course although there are less people involved in political parties; there is 1 candidate and 65,000 voters and we were doing our best. Then I asked if they had seen anyone from the other parties – No – not seen anyone for 20 years. So the result being we got it in the ear for being the ones who ARE active. You can’t please everyone eh.
Then we did a whistle stop tour to a little village and the candidate introduced themselves to lots of people including someone who worked in a famous High street chemist (you know – where I used to work). We initially got the “all politicians are the same” which we countered. Then we were told the first time the lady in question was able to vote she went to the ballot and because there were other parties she hadn’t been made aware of, she came out and didn’t vote. So lets get this straight. We are doing the right thing by introducing the party and the candidate, but are getting moaned at because when she once went to the ballot – there were other parties she wasn’t aware of, and that was the our fault.
That is what is called democracy I guess.