Well that’s a surprise – the General Election is going to be on May 6th, with parliament dissolved on Monday 12th April.
I’m assuming that Kevin Barron will have to close down his website at http://kevinbarronmp.com for the duration of the campaign as it is publicly funded – so if you want the latest news on what he is up to I suggest you check it out while you can – not that you’ll find much, but still.
I did write to Kevin and offer to advise him on how to set up a site like this for free so that he could communicate with the people he wants to vote for him (I was going to say ‘the people he wishes to represent then, but as we know Kevin thinks his job is to represent Parliament to us, not us to parliament), but as ever he decided not to even acknowledge my correspondence. He cares about communication, you see.
I fear that for all Lynda Donaldson’s chest beating, the boundary changes are not going to make a jot of difference to the result, which means that for most people in Rother Valley there is no point voting as their votes are worthless. Such is democracy. Incidentally I notice the fuss about electoral reform which the government seemed ever so keen on a few months ago, having not mentioned it at all for 13 years, has died down a little since their poll rating improved. Funny that. I wonder how a party can only be committed to the idea of electoral reform when it suits it – it’s almost like their entirely self interested, isn’t it?
Hopefully I’ll get more chance to update the blog over the next month, but I am quite busy these days and don’t update as often as I’d like, but if you’d like to write here too then please get in touch – perhaps we can transform the blog into a community effort for the benefit of all the voters of the Rother Valley?
It doesn’t matter what allegiances you have – the blog is not meant to be party political, merely a platform for the Rother Valley. I don’t pretend I’m even handed though – I think it’s quite clear I don’t think Kevin Barron is an effective MP, but that has nothing to do with his politics and everything to do with the fact that he ignores his voters. That means you don’t have to be even handed either though – come on, let’s debate!
Oh, and a message to Kevin Barron, Lynda Donaldson and the Liberal Democrat candidate – if you’d like to post here that’d be a fabulous first step to showing your constituents that you care about communicating with them. I know you’re all very wary of actually engaging with people because people have the habit of asking difficult questions, but I think you’ll win more friends by taking those questions on than hiding from them.