|Posted on Saturday, 29 April, 2006 - 01:36 pm: |
Its been a bit of an odd campaign and I'm still confused. Maybe I'm just not concentrating...
Until today, 4 days before the Big Day, a Martian would have concluded that only the Lib Dems were standing for election as Councillors in Forest Hill....
However had my first Green Party leaflet through the door this morning so now finally know who a) that they are standing and b) who their candidates are. Suppose they wanted to save paper and trees........ Seems that they have one Councillor standing in each ward.
The Lib Dems must be by far the best publicised candidates, but the four of them stand for anything and everything going so thats not surprising.... so I am able to order 3 Lib Dem councillors at once if I get greedy....
But where are the Labour and Tory candidates? I believe Cllr Whiting is standing again but I couldn't say who else was.
I'm clearly not paying attention but I can still count. There are 11 candidates. I get to choose 3. I know only of 5 in my ward- the 3 Lib Dems, 1 Green, and 1 Labour. Take 5 away from 11 and that leaves 6. So who are they?
I've had an official communication from the Council telling me who the Mayoral candidates are. But where is the information on the Councillor candidates? Shouldn't we know by now?
|Posted on Saturday, 29 April, 2006 - 02:57 pm: |
The answer can be found here...will be interesting see if the percentage of voters is up....or down.
|Posted on Sunday, 30 April, 2006 - 02:31 pm: |
Question is, are the Labour candidates (a) resigned to getting the boot, due to local dissatisfaction with the neglect of Lewisham after a number of high-profile incidents, or (b) complacently confident that they will be re-elected?
Two sides of the same coin really.
|Posted on Sunday, 30 April, 2006 - 02:42 pm: |
I got acosted by rather rude Labour supporters near FH station yesterday. When I refused the leaflets ( hardly enviromentally friendly ) she breated me with the words . If you don't vote you cannot complain . What arogance assuming because I do not want their leaflets I am not voting. In fact I have already voted
|Posted on Monday, 01 May, 2006 - 11:20 am: |
But my point is about how the electorate is given information about local democracy.
Should we not have received a full list of candidates by now from the Council? Why only the Mayoral candidates?
I appreciate the info may be on the web, but not everyone is able to afford a personal pc and go on line. If I was not in the privileged position of having a pc at home then I would not have found out who else was standing. Surely this is not right.
|Posted on Monday, 01 May, 2006 - 01:21 pm: |
Perhaps there's no money left for leaflets after overspending on Cherie's barnet?
|Posted on Tuesday, 02 May, 2006 - 08:04 am: |
Roz, you are lucky - we seemed to have received about 50 leaflets from each candidate on an almost daily basis for the past 2 weeks - must be due to us living next to a polling station.
|Posted on Tuesday, 02 May, 2006 - 12:22 pm: |
All the candidates for all wards are listed on the noticeboards outside the Town Hall. Not hugely convenient I agree but it's there. But delivering of leaflets is largely down to members of political parties and candidates themselves and they are volunteers and in lots of cases in short supply. Maybe the places with the fewest steps and flatter roads are getting more attention! But that's a bit diffucult around here.