The Labour campaign has in contrast been well received. Michael Payne impressed at hustings, and has been very busy on the estates of the town. The Lib-Dems seem resigned to another loss of deposit, and UKIP have fielded a clown candidate who suggested to parents complaining of poor local schools that they should move to Lincoln.
The UKIP office has always been rather busy, with a grey haired tubby fellow permanently on leafleting duty, with occasional help with someone who looks like a parody of a gin sodden retired Naval lieutenant.
The Green candidate has one well, and some have mentioned there is a faint chance she will beat UKIP into fourth. I doubt it personally, but we will see.
What is interesting about this election is how few houses have posters up. In central Newark indeed, there are a few for the Greens and Labour, but none at all for the Tories or UKIP. The Tory support is out in the sticks, whereas UKIP do well in the estates with folk who think the eradication of the local Eastern European population will lead to permanent summer, with golden raindrops falling on every house twice a day and unicorns in the park.
As opposed to improving their literacy and numeracy so they can actually compete with Polish folk for even low end jobs.
No-one bothered canvassing me in my little flat. I said to a Tory council candidate that I know that I figured my part of town was a Tory heartland. He surprised me by telling me that there are only 27 registered Tory voters in the area.
Apparently my part of town is educated Green and Labour territory. Rather pleased about that, for some reason.
All images and text copyright CreamCrackeredNature 07.05.15
|Bike shed pretending to be a polling station|
|Same polling station as for by election last year|
|One of the few postered houses...the "Farage Free Zone" I've pictured before|
|Victoria Street a Labour stronghold for some reason|
|UKIP getting youngster in pram used to the idea of working for no money delivering leaflets|
|Out in the sticks, Coddington polling station|
|Of course, the one Tory sign I found would have to be a bloody great landowner|