Tuesday 5 May 2015

Made your mind up?

With just one more, yes another one, day to go before polling day I have made up my mind who to vote for in the three, yes three: MP, EHDC, KPC, elections to be held on Thursday.

I'm not going to tell you who I'll be voting for, I'm quite sure that you're not interested, but I will tell you how I came to my decision with respect to the parliamentary constituency.

I have taken into account what I have discussed directly with each of the candidates, the amount and quality of the campaigning I have observed in each of the candidates including physical presence, local news media and online social media. I have also taken into account the national party policies and the credibility (in my opinion) of various national speakers.

This represents a movement from my initial position of "just choose the best candidate" but I think the move is justified because the individual candidate will inevitably be reshaped if elected by the need for compliance with the party as a whole. It's not like we have independent candidates!

This has been in some ways a more interesting election than some we've had in the past. I'm not a fan of proportional representation because it just gives too much power to politicians but I rather like the idea that the parties will actually need to achieve some sort of consensus when nobody manages a majority.

If you haven't made your mind up yet, take some coins into the polling booth and toss for it.

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