Monday, March 26, 2007

Runaround


The election campaign in Haughton West inched forward today when the LibDems announced their candidate, Nick Haithwaite, for the ward.

I know very little about Mr Haithwaite other than, ahem, he was until this afternoon the LibDems hopeful in Park West. Excitingly, the LibDem website has Sheila Dunstone standing in both Lascelles and Park West. Maybe the party is using cloning technology to rattle up candidates? Still I'm sure that both of them (or all three?) have been working "all year round"...

This rather underlines a basic political rule that it's unwise to unveil your candidate list until the party's overall strategy has been agreed. Or at least thought about. This is the second re-arrangement of the LibDems' candidate list to my knowledge, and it seems that Mike Reid rather than Mike Barker has been in charge, shouting "ruuuunnnn-a-rooounnnnd" at the hapless candidates.* In the LibDems favour, unlike the Tories, they do at least know the first name of their candidate.

I expect a more measured announcement from Labour about our candidates across the Borough later in the week.

*Runaround was a popular children's TV show in the late 1970's featuring Mike Reid. This kind of thing stays with you.

11 comments:

miketually said...

I'm looking forward to seeing the full list of candidates, as I'm a Haughton West resident.

It seems to me that any party standing less than three candidates will struggle to gain any of the three seats as people like to use all three votes and will allocate them to another two candidates semi-randomly.

miketually said...

oh, and I'll have to take your word on Runaround; before my TV-watching time.

Anonymous said...

alan Macnab writes....

Blimey, Nick I can go back a few years (Crackerjack, Magpie and the one with Olly Beak the Owl and Aunty Muriel - sadly no longer with us), but I don't remember Runaround.

Mike Barker said...

So any similarity between the Lib Dems changing two of their candidates around and Labour introducing Bal Shuklar as its third candidate in North Road ward, just a couple of weeks after you assured everyone on here that Cllr Bill Holmes was standing again, is purely co-incidental!

Run, run, run, run runaround. Sounds like a Beach Boys song.

Ian White, townliar.com said...

Nick I remember Runaround a tea time classic! Suppassed only by Blockbusters "can I have a P Bob?"
We must be getting old!

Mark Burton said...

Runaround... I loved that show! Didn’t you have to collect tennis balls and fill up a glass tube? A question was asked and you had to run in to one of 2 areas indicating your selected answer and if you got it right you collected a tennis ball :) G-G-G-Go

Darlington Councillor said...

Runaround was produced by Southern TV between 1975 and 1981 (the year I think they lost the license). It was hosted by Mike Reid, although the UKGameshows site suggests that in 1977 Leslie Crowther and Stan Boardman fronted the programme (news to me).

As the site says, "Runaround was a very fast-moving quiz with an eye-searingly bright set." The two catchphrases were indeed G-G-G-Go and Ruuunn-a-rrrooounnnnnd now!"

The relevant address is http://www.ukgameshows.com/page/index.php/Runaround

To return to the original point, in the show kids were asked a multiple choice question, and then had to run into areas in front of the letters A, B or C. After Mike gave the command "Runaround now!" they could swap lanes for a final time by jumping across (and then earning tennis balls). I watched way too much TV as a kid.

Whether there are enough LibDems in the town to make up a decent game of Runaround is open to question. I'm sure Mike Barker would look very natty in Mike Reid's "South American Dictator" shades....!

IAN HOLME said...

nick,
Interesting to hear that Bal is standing for Labour in North Road.

He is a top bloke who played a signficant role in the campaign to keep Hurworth school open.
I came to regard him as someone of integrity and honesty, and not afraid to ruffle a few feathers (anyone who remembers his costume on High Row will know what i mean!)

Irrespective of party issues, I wish him well.

As far as Runaround is concerned, i can only recall Mike Reid doing this role...........crap programme though......not a patch on the Clangers...............

Anonymous said...

So is Bal standing down from the Parish?

Mike Barker said...

Don't worry, anonymous: Bal won't get elected in North Road (he says, careful not to have a hat around on May 4th, in case he has to eat it).

Darlington Councillor said...

Well, my colour-coded map of North Road is still on the wall, the various leaflets are stacked in the corner of my room, and hordes of primed Labour North activists are preparing to swarm into Henry Street....