So Who let the Alternative Vote Back In???

So, I must be confused, didn’t we just work hard to defeat the Alternative Vote??? So when I voted on Thursday, I received a ballot from the polling station people, yes the ones who were all parked on their iPods. To my astonishment, there were 6 candidates, and two columns on the ballot. The one who put her iPod down told me that I could make a first and second choice. When I said what??? She looked at me as if I were insane, and said that I had a first and second choice, and that I should make a second choice. When I told her I only wanted one choice she told me I had to choose 2 people. When she saw that I was a councillor she was even more irritated with me, as if to say I must be barking mad and must have been asleep during that meeting…

Well, those two things are entirely possible, but did anyone else miss the boat here? First of all, hardly anyone voted, just over 15%, and this was the first time we have had a multiple choice test. I prefer the essay tests, but this was well confusing. The polling station people were not sure what would happen if you only made one choice. So if I’m confused, what about everyone else??? Every single person I spoke to did not get what was going on…

In Surrey Heath, Julie Iles got the most votes, those votes called “first choice” votes. Forgive me, but I thought we campaigned for those being the only ones who mattered… Julie, don’t lay down on this, go after these deceptive idiots that made this happen.

The Lies Have It…

So after all this time the Yank has refrained from commenting on the US elections, but too many people want to know what he’s thinking… First to all those who think I’m thinking, thank you for the generous compliment, Janet will tell you that doesn’t happen very often… But anyway, I nicked this phrase from one of my countrymen reporting on the status of the election last week. So it turns out the primary criteria for people deciding who to vote for is establishing who is lying least. They’ve now given up on any hope of the truth, and now only care about who is lying less than the other guy. I had to love at the second debate when Romney talked about creating 12 Million new jobs, and the next day the NY Times pointed out that on the current course, the economy would produce 12 Million new jobs whether any of them showed up or not…

So maybe best if none of them showed up at all. The really troubling problem is of course what happens there happens here in 2 years time, unless of course you’re the Beatles… So now there is an entirely new job market for lapdogs who do nothing except follow politicians around and attempt to discern the truth, or at least who is the least conspicuous liar. So just think what we have to look forward to? The part about not showing up at is already here, stay tuned…

 

Mahvellouss Moira…

We spend our share of time poking fun at some of the dough-heads in politics here in the UK, but one of the brightest shining lights is the Leader of the Council, Moira Gibson.  It seems that the most important skill for a leader of any Borough Council in the UK is that of being able to herd cats.  Especially when you have such a large political majority.  Moira has served the council for a lot of years, and makes an absolute pittance for her efforts.  Sure she works all the hours God sends, but as one of the most brillant cat-herders in the Political scene, she has the most impact of anyone.  She has now saved me from myself more times than I can count, and next to my wife Janet, has had the most impact on me in the last 18 months of being a councillor.  Absolutely no one told me just how different the Political system here is from the land of the Yanks, but being the quick study that I am, it has taken me roughly twice as long as the “normal” councillors to get to grips with it.  Moira has patiently waited through all of it, and I am very thankful for it…

When the council standards committee decided to have a bark at me last spring about the cockroach affair, she was right there by my side.  She didn’t really care that the whole thing was pretty much made up of other Tory Councillors, she was just focused on doing the right thing, regardless of the consequences.  You don’t see too much of that in politics, from any of the three parties these days.  Through the entire appeals process she was right there, mostly helping me save me from myself.  At the end, it was a landmark precedent-setting judgment from the High Court, but it is due to Moira that I was able to construct the arguments and deliver them…

Too bad there was an immediate successor to Andrew Mitchell, she would make an excellent Whip in the House of Commons…  I can only hope that my fellow councillors recognise just how valuable she is and give her the respect she so totally deserves…