rmc28: Rachel smiling against background of trees, with newly-cut short hair (Default)
I did absolutely nothing for the local elections last month, apart from go and vote. 

A couple of weeks ago I decided to volunteer a very limited amount of time for today's referendum (for my local LibDems, who are campaigning for Remain) and took the day off work, as part of my ongoing "burn leave to keep effectively working part-time" plan.  So I have done two shifts of telling today: the first was in muggy but dry weather; the second was in pouring rain, including a very nearby lightning strike at which I screamed rather embarrassingly.

I am now back in bed and would rather like to sleep from now until the result is clear tomorrow.  At best tomorrow I will feel a faint sense of relief rather than anything actually positive about the whole exercise, and at worst I will feel extremely worried and miserable.  (And then I'll pick myself up and carry on because I still have Stuff To Get Done no matter what happens.)


Today's bird: Coot



rmc28: Rachel smiling against background of trees, with newly-cut short hair (Default)
I'm noting that I have simultaneously:

- a very intellectual/analytical political nerd almost gleeful fascination about how uncertain this election is and how likely it is that the next government will be some kind of confidence+supply arrangement or possibly a coalition, and parties will have to cooperate and there are so many possibilities

- a very visceral/wordless rollercoaster of excitement and nervousness and hope and fear, both for my specific constituency, and for my country as a whole


Also I am clearly not falling asleep, and yet I have to be awake and coherent at 9am for C's class assembly. 
rmc28: (OMG)
I was ill over the BH weekend with yet another cough, resulting in rather less leafletting and rather more curling up in bed feeling miserable than I had planned.

Today I've had to give up door-knocking and come home because of a stomach upset.  I am now making phone calls at intervals, which I dislike even more than door-knocking.

On the bright side, I had a lovely email from someone who'd googled to find out why people ask for numbers outside the polling station and found this post from ten years ago, which apparently remains useful (and highly google-ranked) to this day.  That absolutely made my day.




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rmc28: Rachel smiling against background of trees, with newly-cut short hair (Default)
Well, the LibDems and Conservatives have met, and today the LibDem MPs, Lords and federal executive are going to meet and discuss what was offered. The graphic here shows the numbers quite well, I think. To me it looks like the options for a stable government are:

1. Conservative minority government, with agreement from LibDems on a case-by-case basis Edit a "supply and confidence" agreement with the LibDems is apparently the term for what I was thinking of.

2. Formal Conservative/LibDem coalition, which would give a majority over all others combined of 38 - room for some dissension.

this got long )

Whatever happens over the weekend, the government that emerges is going to have to start doing something serious about the public finances as soon as possible, and they are going to upset people. Because we definitely have to cut spending and we almost certainly have to raise taxes. The Labour government outspent its income and made no provision for hard times. What I hope is that the LibDems can moderate the Conservative ideas of how to spread the pain fairly (no marriage tax breaks or inheritance tax cuts for millionaires, thank you), and that Labour supporters don't forget too quickly just who was responsible for running up the debt in the first place.

I wouldn't be surprised if we have another general election next year. I will be surprised and delighted if it is under a proportional electoral system.
rmc28: (glowy)
I slept from about 21:30 to 01:30, waking up to discover that in some constituencies people have been disenfranchised by poor organisation. Obviously as a LibDem I'm very disappointed that the recent poll results haven't translated into actual votes. The loss of Evan Harris in Oxford is particularly upsetting for anyone who favours science and evidence as a basis for policy-making, but I'm also sorry the party has lost Susan Kramer and Lembit Opik.

I was delighted to see Simon Wright win Norwich South for the LibDems, evicting Charles Clarke, and personally pleased that my friend Julian Huppert is now the LibDem MP for Cambridge. Although it's a bit weird to have a university contemporary in the House of Commons. I'm clearly getting old(er).

I'm a bit scared by the number of votes the BNP seem to be racking up across the country, but delighted to see Nick Griffin utterly fail to win in DagenhamBarking. Yes, I'm alright in their eyes, but the BNP threaten my best friend and his sister, my brother's partner and her family, several of my friends and colleagues, and countless others across the UK.

More positively, I was pleased to see Caroline Lucas win Brighton for the Green party - a historic first parliamentary seat for them.

Hopefully we'll know who's running the country by the end of the weekend. There are 20 seats still to start counting, and presumably some challenges in some seats where people were unable to vote. I'd love to see electoral reform as a result of this very strange night, but we shall see ...

I have to go to work in a couple of hours and it's already past my usual wakeup time. A nap might be sensible if I can manage it, but I'm not sure I can drag myself away - BBC coverage is already overrunning the usual morning breakfast tv.
rmc28: Rachel smiling against background of trees, with newly-cut short hair (Default)
Party duty done: good-morning leaflets delivered at 6:30am (with Charles on my back, and Tony doing his own set).

Civic duty done: voted on the way to work.

Now I'm left with employee duty (get some work done) and parental duty this evening. Charles is too young/unpredictable to help get the vote out, though he has loved helping me deliver leaflets over the last few weeks.

Very sadly I have to work tomorrow, so I'm not sure how late I will stay up tonight. I may even nap for a couple of hours once Charles is asleep and set an alarm to wake me up in time to see Leeds Central & Leeds West declared, and I want to be awake for the result in Cambridge. This is the most interested I've been in a general election since my first (1997), but I don't think I can quite pull the allnighter to 6am that I did then.

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