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Corrosive Shame
Therapy for Life
In a fit of democracy I went to the hustings last night to hear my local PCs talk abiout, well, themselves. It was all strangely predictable and was mostly:

  • Richard Brighton (LibDem) reminding everyone that politicians can be really bland, agreeing that Lynn Jones should be a Liberal Democrat and sniping at the Tories.

  • holaholaamigos being the voice of DOOOM!, demonstrating the (lack of) breadth of UKIP's single issue politics and sniping at everyone except the Greens who he ignored.

  • Lynne Jones (Lab) reminding everyone she wasn't Tony Blair, agreeing with the Liberal Democrats and sniping at the Tories

  • Barney Smith (Green) reminding everyone why we shouldn't vote Green, why candidates should have some form of PR training and sniping at the Tories

  • Joe Tildesley (Conservative) reminding everyone that too much slick PR training and oily manner does nothing to increase your credibility, and anyone who starts every sentence "Ladies and Gentlemen" just looks like an idiot.
I took a couple of photos (for Ronan's family album), extensive notes (that I might post here next week) and was chuffed when my question on Tactical Voting was read out. Needless to say they all said "Vote for who you like" but Lynne dd remind us "But vote for me unless you want the Tories in" at the same time. Clever eh!

The audience was as expected really, some goths, most of whom can't actually vote here, the Tory candidate's supporters, some pensioners and a lot of Guardian-reader professionals. The only ones wearing suits - that'd be the Chairman, two of the candidates and the sharpest suit - that'd be Lynne Jones' agent.

So there we go, I still believe that I shall probably vote LibDem, but I will feel very dirty if the Conservatives win as a result.
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From: ikkleblacktruck Date: April 22nd, 2005 06:21 am (UTC) (Link)
I suspect the "Ladies and Gentlemen" thing rather depends on the crowd. Obviously wouldn't be suitable in Mordorham ;P
kneeshooter From: kneeshooter Date: April 22nd, 2005 06:22 am (UTC) (Link)
Yes - it's partly the audience, and partly the patronising, condescending tone. But he is an ex-Copper - and reminded us about it every 2 minutes.
From: ikkleblacktruck Date: April 22nd, 2005 01:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well I don't think you need worry that your single vote will be responsible for a result you don't want, but it would be better for everyone if it was ;P
deeply_spurious From: deeply_spurious Date: April 22nd, 2005 09:52 am (UTC) (Link)
Difficult choice but I think if I were in that constituency I would vote for Lynn Jones - she genuinely is one of the most decent, honest and forthright MPs in the country - the kind of person parliament needs more of...
kneeshooter From: kneeshooter Date: April 22nd, 2005 10:31 am (UTC) (Link)
I agree about your assessment of her personality. In a lot of ways I wish she had the conviction join the Lib Dems - my problem is that while I appreciate her voice for sense on a lot of policies, she is still part of the Labour Party machine.

It's a tough one - "Person" vs "Parliamentary Party".
wulfboy From: wulfboy Date: April 22nd, 2005 10:24 am (UTC) (Link)
Politics would be so much more acceptable if the candidates were allowed to snipe at each other. Possibly from behind concrete blocks scattered around the stage as cover.

"From each according to their means, you tory whore!" *bang* *bang*
"your economic policy is not going to work in the long term! You bastard"" *dakka dakka dakka*
kneeshooter From: kneeshooter Date: April 22nd, 2005 10:28 am (UTC) (Link)
Nice. Lynne Jones would win. She was clearly the most ruthless :-)
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