Thursday, May 03, 2007

Vote Labour in Darlington Today...



Whatever your colours, or none, however, please do cast your vote. I have to bite my tongue hard every time someone proudly tells me that they never vote. You can make a difference today.

10 comments:

ian holme said...

Nick,
As you are probably already aware, I will not be voting for the local labour party this time.

However, I do agree with you that everyone should get out and vote for the party and/or individual which fits closest with their own views.

Extremism and poor government flourishes when apathy rules.

Anonymous said...

You must be joking. I will never vote Labour again because of all the lies, corruption and dishonesty.

How can you belong to a party that is like this and sleep at night knowing all this is happening? It is no good denying it is not happening because it is.

ianwh1te, ex townliar.com said...

Ian I agree, upto now, and its only been grapevine rumours but the voting is down/poor out here in Hurworth. as long as all the lazy ones remember not to moan regardless of who wins, if you dont take part in the voting you cant whinge!

miketually said...

Judging from the tiny number of pencil marks next to the names of people in my street when I voted just after 7pm on my way home from work, turnout's not huge here in Haughton West either.

That's not a highly scientific sample, mind ;)

Anonymous said...

I didn't vote at all. I couldn't vote for any of the candidates.

The BNP's badly printed leaflet was nonsensical, the Tories didn't post anything nor the Lib-dems, and Labour lauded a victorian capitalist!?! Good job the founders of the party didn't call it the Workers' Party -- there would be some head scratching going on! Especially now that the party is mostly funded by bosses and I doubt the union link will last much longer, not unless the policies change.

Nick, now that the council elections are done, could you tell me who you favour in the Labour leadership contest? Of the declared there are: Gordon Brown, John McDonnell, and Michael Meacher. You can't say Milburn...

Darlington Councillor said...

Thanks everyone.

Firstly Mike, it's important to remember that Haughton West has a high proportion of postal voters (about 880 out of 4200). Postal votes used to be restricted to people with disabilities or long-term illnesses - now busy working people increasingly have taken up the opportunity to have them.

I understand that about 75% of postal voters in the ward have voted, which is very good and more than offsets low figures at the polling stations. You also have to bear in mind that neither the Tories nor the LibDems made any real effort in the seat (although that isn't necessarily a bar to them doing well, of course).

Anonymous - Alan would have course have made a first-rate Prime Minister. In his absence however, I've thought for a long time that Gordon Brown was the natural successor to Tony Blair, as one of the architects of New Labour and a highly successful Chancellor of the Exchequer. I hope to develop this point in a post soon.

Anonymous said...

Hang on Nick. If you are a down-to-earth socialist, WTF are you doing supporting new labour?!?

miketually said...

There probably are alot of postal voters in my estate/street.

miketually said...

38% turnout in Haughton West. Congratulations to Nick, David and Andy.

Darlington Councillor said...

Thanks for that Mike.

I was hoping that 'Captain Democracy' would like to add his congratulations too...