They keep saying that there are millions of people who haven’t made up their minds how to vote yet. I’ve not heard even one person say that and I’m not so sure that it’s true at all. In fact, at least three of our family have already voted, as they opt for postal votes. I would only do that if I were actually going to be on holiday (as Ro is this week, as it happens). I like to mark my cross and put my paper in the ballot box in person.
We’ve not seen any candidates here. We had Lib Dem fliers in the post yesterday, and the Conservative candidate was in Yagnub a couple of weeks ago (that’s the other side of the county border, so not the same constituency here). Few people in the village have posters up in their windows or gardens.
South Norfolk has always been Conservative, with Lib Dem in second place. Labour trails in the rear. There have been boundary changes since the last election which could disadvantage the Tory candidate. Waveney, where Yagnub is, used to be Conservative but changed to Labour in the election when Blair got in. The MP there is an energetic and dedicated constituency MP, but may lose this time – if so, I’m sorry for him as it isn’t his fault, but then nor was it the fault of the man before him whom he beat. It’s just the way things go.
I haven’t been talking about the election or politics much – a few people have raised the subject, otherwise I wouldn’t have at all – and I didn’t watch any of the leaders’ debates, largely because I didn’t care for the format. Pre-arranged questions and no follow-up points made from the floor, and standing there like idiots – nah, didn’t appeal. It would just have made me cross. A friend, having watched the first one, agreed that he’d shouted at the screen rather a lot.
I’ve met a few MPs over the years and rather enjoyed talking to them. Engaging, articulate and interested in having a conversation rather than just imposing their views. One of the more flattering occasions was, when our MP was the Education Secretary, being asked my opinion on a matter of the day (it was relevant, as he had come to open an extension to the village school, being a friend of the then chairman of governors) and then hearing him say exactly what I’d said in the House of Commons the next week.
So it’s not individuals I’m meaning when I say I’m completely fed up with the lot of them and I’ve heard more than enough, even though I avoid most news broadcasts, to see me through the next four or five years. I hope there’s not a minority government, come to think of it, because odds are it wouldn’t last long and we’d have to go through it all again in a year or two.