A week is a long time
Sunday, November 18, 2012
in politics. And it's certainly been a long week for me. The Hustings was quite an experience. I was very girly swot and did my homework though on all the local issues. Then I typed up an alphabetical list of the various things that might be raised, with little prompts to remind me of relevant points. I don't think the others had done that and as a consequence, I was able to give more detailed answers for the main part. Part way through, I realised I wasn't nervous any more and in fact - I was enjoying it!
Of course once you relax, your mind works better. Which meant I was able to bring some humour in to it too. Of course, there were some unexpected questions but I was able to answer. One was quite funny. It so happened, all 5 candidates were women, so one chap asked "who should a misogynist vote for". He did also have a serious question to ask.
Tuesday, and Wednesday were taken up with some canvassing. And Thursday I agonised over what to do with regards the Police Commissioner vote. Eventually went along to cast my vote for myself in the local election. Over to the Count at 10.00pm and typically, there were some problems with the verifying so it all took longer than it should have.
In reality, there were two main contenders. The Brit contingent will know who I mean when I say the Red team and the Yellow team. The Yellow team control the council round here. And they are ruthless in hanging on to power. You wouldn't believe some of the stunts both team pulled [well Bohemian cat might]. Smears, accusations, dirty tricks, private investigators, even complaints of fraud to the Police. Jeez, all for a local councillor. Sad thing is, I know and am friendly with both the candidates of the reds and yellows. Both are nice women - wish they hadn't let themselves be manipulated like that by their party managers. It was absolutely disgusting. Anyway, the yellows won again. Oh well, there's always the next election.
On to my next project - I'm in the process of setting up a LETS scheme in the area. We have a meeting about it tomorrow night so fingers crossed I get a good turn out. At least no one will be asking me what I'm going to do about dog poo.