The political pleasure, the political privilege is mine.

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Before I moved to Islington two years ago I had always lived in safe seats – constituencies where political campaigning is generally considered to be pointless.

Things here though are very different. I now reside in both a parliamentary constituency and a council ward where the upcoming elections (hopefully to be conducted on the same day, Gordo!) are going to be extremely close fights. 

Every single vote counts. There is zilch room for complacency. The happy result of this state of affairs is that my Labour MP, Emily Thornberry, is very hardworking and my Labour councillors have helped formulate a bold policy programme that they would implement if the party regained control of Islington Town Hall. Even when things nationally are looking bleak and uninspiring, the local political struggle is invigorating.

The resurgence of the Conservatives under David Cameron has also made things around here less predictable. Politics in Islington has traditionally been a contest between Labour and the Liberals, but the Tories have emerged as an unwelcome presence in the election results!

Middle-class anti-Labour voters who may have previously voted Liberal Democrat now seem to be turning blue in increasing numbers. This could help Thornberry hold on at the parliamentary level (Islington will not be returning a Conservative MP anytime soon) but there is a nasty danger that an anti-Labour vote uniting behind the Tories could unseat my Labour councillors. I really have very little idea what will happen on May 6th. Will I wake up the next day with a Labour or a Lib Dem MP? With Tory or Labour councillors?

What a wacky situation! But it is so much more preferable to the mundane consistency of political life in a safe seat.

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2 Responses to “The political pleasure, the political privilege is mine.”

  1. Dave Semple Says:

    Well presumably you won’t wake up to find anything different as you’ll be at the counts with the rest of us?

  2. captainjako Says:

    Yes, good point, although that’s not to say I’m not going to fall asleep on a ballot box.

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