Thursday, May 03, 2007

I've Come To Fix Your Fridge...

Shhh don't tell her ladyship but I have a night of pure, X-Rated viewing ahead. It involves lots of heavy breathing, tension, moments of exaltation and disappointment and a heck of a lot of swingers. That’s right, it's election-day and tonight sees the pure political pornography that is results night! This year is more remote than the last elections as I have postal voted, whereas I campaigned and went to the count last time. It was most exciting. The political grouping I attended with made significant breakthroughs and the tension and relief were all around. As we walked round Meadowbank (where the count occurred) we saw some 'familure' faces fall as they lost their seats and others get very excited as new careers start. I was there from 10pm through to around 6am and didn't see my result come in, it happened whilst I was in the car going home before getting ready for school (where i promptly fell asleep in class!). That said it is most exciting, I was a party vote counter so got to watch the boxes be unloaded and watch for the marks against my party and provide guistimates as to how we were doing. Then I was amongst the group who would gather round and argue the toss if papers were spoilt ballots or not, gaining or loosing a few extras. Yet non of this was in isolation so we all had one ear pinned to the radio to hear how our groups were doing elsewhere in the country. Not only was there a real sense of expectation, there was a real sense of change and excitement about the place. Something special was taking place and we were all making it happen. Yet this time will be different. For the smaller parties a real challenge as it is turning into a vote Labour to keep the Nats (SNP) out or vote SNP to keep Labour out. As though the electorate are being bullied rather than allowed to express their opinion. That said there is more to politics than the Scottish Parliament. There are the council elections, voted for (for the first time) under a Proportional Representation system which means we could (and should) have a much more diverse council. This means the likelihood of ending the 23 years of a Labour controlled Edinburgh (they hoisted the red flag when they first got in). Elsewhere we have Wales electing its assembly and much of England going to the polls and big councils such as Manchester have the challenge of remaining Tory free zones! Whatever your up to today enjoy yourself, vote if you can and lets see what delights tonight brings.

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