Posts Tagged ‘election’

Confusing politics

Friday, October 1st, 2010

I’m puzzled and confused.

Ed Miliband has just been elected as the new leader of the Labour party. His older brother David was also standing in the election, and so he got beaten by his brother.

For days after the election, there was a lot talk in the media about what David would do now. Would he continue in politcs? Now several days later, it’s been announced that he won’t be part of the Shadow Cabinet, but will stay on the back benches.

Why on earth would he do that? By putting his name forward for the Labour leadership election, he was making himself available to be not only the leader of the labour party, but the Prime Minister if the labour party ever won an election.

If he thinks that he has the gifts and skills that are needed to do that, which he obviously does as he put his name forward, why is he refusing to be part of the shadow cabinet? That doesn’t seem right to me, and makes me wonder about his motivation in putting his name forward in the first place.

Leafleting

Sunday, May 31st, 2009

Later this week there’s an election. Where I live we’re voting for MEPs and our County Councillor. Our current one is the best councillor I’ve ever been represented by and I definately want him to be re-elected, so I offered to help him by delivering leaflets.

It didn’t take as long as I had expected, but it was interesting. I did the whole of the estate that I live on, and it was amazing to see somewhere so familiar to me from completely new angles as walked back down garden paths.

I enjoyed looking at all the lovely flowers in the gardens, and the variety of different designs in front doors was amazing! One thing that did surprise me was that some front doors had clear glass in them and without meaning to pry, I could see straight through the hall into the kitchen and out again into the back garden. It didn’t give much privacy. You’d have to rememeber to get dressed before nipping downstairs to make a cup of tea!

I used to have a brass backing to my letterbox, but it took to falling off so I abandoned it before it chopped my toes off. But I discovered during my leafleting that most houses have these sort of brush sandwiches to keep the draught out. The problem with them is that they do their best to keep the post out too! The leaflet – 4 layers of thick paper – wasn’t strong enough to open the brushes, so I had to push my fingers in first to make an opening for it. I tried to do it very quickly as I was a bit nervous in case there was a dog behind the door who might be unable to resist juicy fingers coming through the letterbox! I mentally started inventing a tool to use to make the job easier. I think the brushes must have made the task twice as long as it would have been without them.

I wonder what postmen do. If I had to do lots of delivering I would have a tool to help – something I could fold round the post and then push it through the brushes and push the post through the tool into the house, without risking my fingertips!