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Jim Thornton's Election Blog - "Meeting the Voters"

Submitted on Thu, 28/05/2009 - 8:54am

Saturday 23rd May 2009

The Conservatives did not turn up with their Market Stall. They had booked 'my' pitch (by the bookshop, where there is most foot traffic and highest visibility in a bottle neck) but they never showed up. The price for a stall has increased from £16 to £25 so I decided I could not afford three weeks of stall; instead, we checked with the Electoral Commission, and they said we can hand out leaflets during an election period without a licence. So I did. I stood there for four hours, and met all sorts of interesting people, and generally I think the message about the merits of Independents in local government is beginning to get through. Rumour has it that the Conservative foot soldiers are as fed up as everybody else, and have left Peter Ruffles to get on with it on his own. I have been trying to calculate how many people you meet by door-knocking, and how many you meet by standing in the market, or going round the Pubs and Restaurants. During the week there is limited time in which to speak to people who work during the day, and although people suggest that door-knocking is the way to win elections, how many people welcome a conversation with a candidate after a heavy day at work?

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