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post Jan 25 2021, 04:31 PM
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The current plan is for the local elections to be held as scheduled on 6 May. This will, in England, include this year's county elections as well as last year's district and Police And Crime Commissioner elections plus various Mayoral elections (including London) and the London Assembly.

There are a lot of people arguing that they should be postponed, either by just a few weeks or until the autumn. As the government has had a full year to plan for Covid-safe elections, any further delay would be yet another admission of a failure to prepare.

It gets worse, though. The government are proposing to ban the delivery of leaflets by party volunteers. They want to increase the spending limit to allow parties to pay for leaflets to be delivered instead. This will, of course, affect the Lib Dems and Greens far more than the Tories and Labour. Given the fact that the Tories will be publishing large leaflets every day (and calling them the Daily Mail, Express and Telegraph) and television news bulletins rarely mention anyone other than the Tories and Labour, leafletting is almost the only way for other parties to get their message across. This proposal, then, is a blatant attack on democracy.


There is a separate thread on the elections in Scotland and Wales.
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post Feb 9 2021, 08:32 PM
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The government has confirmed that they expect the elections to go ahead in May and that voters will be expected to bring their own pen.

They have also said that councillors can distribute leaflets at the moment but other candidates cannot. They have also said that leaflets from councillors should not be "overtly political". This must be news to virologists. Apparently political messages are far more likely to pass on the virus than non-political ones. Who knew?

Call me cynical but I also suspect that an item in a leaflet mentioning the vaccine rollout with Johnson's name included will be considered non-political while any criticism of the government will count as political.
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post Feb 9 2021, 08:59 PM
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QUOTE(Suedehead2 @ Feb 9 2021, 08:32 PM) *
The government has confirmed that they expect the elections to go ahead in May and that voters will be expected to bring their own pen.

They have also said that councillors can distribute leaflets at the moment but other candidates cannot. They have also said that leaflets from councillors should not be "overtly political". This must be news to virologists. Apparently political messages are far more likely to pass on the virus than non-political ones. Who knew?

Call me cynical but I also suspect that an item in a leaflet mentioning the vaccine rollout with Johnson's name included will be considered non-political while any criticism of the government will count as political.


So in other words, only campaign and vote if you're in favour of the incumbent.

Sounds like a good way to run a democracy....
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Other leaflets can be produced but they will have to be delivered by post. That, of course, adds an additional cost which will be a lot harder for the Lib Dems and Greens to afford.

Just to underline the imbalance, the 2021 elections are for county councils where the Tories are generally at their strongest. Well over half the seats on those councils are currently Tory. They are also comfortably the largest party in the seats up for grabs in the district elections held over from last year. Obviously some of those councillors will be stepping down but the incumbents (who won't have to pay for their leaflets to be delivered atm) will still be overwhelmingly Tory. The Lib Dems will have been looking for some decent gains in both sets of elections - having done poorly in both 2016 and 2017 - but these rules will make it a lot more difficult. As well as leaflets, the Lib Dems (and Greens) rely a lot more on door-to-door campaigning than the Tories and Labour. It looks like no such campaigning will be allowed.
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Elections in Cumbria, North Yorkshire and Somerset have been postponed until next year, supposedly to allow for consultation on reorganisation. Elections have been postponed for that reason before, but not two-and-a-half months before they were due.
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post Feb 24 2021, 01:18 PM
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QUOTE(Suedehead2 @ Jan 25 2021, 04:31 PM) *
It gets worse, though. The government are proposing to ban the delivery of leaflets by party volunteers. They want to increase the spending limit to allow parties to pay for leaflets to be delivered instead. This will, of course, affect the Lib Dems and Greens far more than the Tories and Labour. Given the fact that the Tories will be publishing large leaflets every day (and calling them the Daily Mail, Express and Telegraph) and television news bulletins rarely mention anyone other than the Tories and Labour, leafletting is almost the only way for other parties to get their message across. This proposal, then, is a blatant attack on democracy.
QUOTE(Suedehead2 @ Feb 9 2021, 09:31 PM) *
Other leaflets can be produced but they will have to be delivered by post. That, of course, adds an additional cost which will be a lot harder for the Lib Dems and Greens to afford.

Just to underline the imbalance, the 2021 elections are for county councils where the Tories are generally at their strongest. Well over half the seats on those councils are currently Tory. They are also comfortably the largest party in the seats up for grabs in the district elections held over from last year. Obviously some of those councillors will be stepping down but the incumbents (who won't have to pay for their leaflets to be delivered atm) will still be overwhelmingly Tory. The Lib Dems will have been looking for some decent gains in both sets of elections - having done poorly in both 2016 and 2017 - but these rules will make it a lot more difficult. As well as leaflets, the Lib Dems (and Greens) rely a lot more on door-to-door campaigning than the Tories and Labour. It looks like no such campaigning will be allowed.
My Dad's standing for Lib Dems in local elections and he used to hand deliver hundreds of leaflets, he was describing this exact issue to me last time we spoke. Leaflets are still allowed but only via post, not via volunteers, meaning Tories can afford the postage for thousands of leaflets far better than other parties can.
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Who are people voting for? I’m probably going Green for first time in life and they do well in my part of the world, Bristol. Starmer is too cautious and Swinson put me off the LDs.

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QUOTE(Smint @ Mar 2 2021, 11:02 PM) *
Who are people voting for? I’m probably going Green for first time in life and they do well in my part of the world, Bristol. Starmer is too cautious and Swinson put me off the LDs.


Right now I have absolutely no idea.

The state of the Labour party at the moment, conceding ground to the Tories by allowing them to suddenly change from 'the laffer curve' omg we can't raise corporation tax it doesn't work to oh yeah of course we'll raise corporation tax from one of the lowest ( in a large nation state) to raise revenue, of course and Starmer responds with the limp (despite overwhelming public support) 'now is not the time'. I mean...
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