How do we work out what’s important?
Do we absorb our voting patterns from home, like the vitamins in the cabbage?
Do we choose to include or exclude?
Health and education or roads and water?
Can we ever have ‘normal, boring’ politics in the north?
We have an election coming up on 5 May. A day off for the girls as their primary school is used as a polling station. When I was in primary school, the army used to be on the roof at least the day before the election- twice the excitement.
I’ve lived in this area for 16 years; I think there were canvassers at the door once during all that time- and we’ve had a lot of elections. We always get leaflets, but nobody rings the doorbell. I’m curious about how the political parties decide where it’s worth the effort of canvassing, of talking to the voters. I know I make up my mind based on performance and personality. What is her record like? Will he attempt to understand what I’m talking about? Will she treat me with respect? Is that him looking for trouble again? Why can no-one attempt to build a consenus?
The last time I spoke to a politician about an issue, he suggested that I must know somebody intelligent and articulate who could come and talk to him about it…
Guess who’s not getting my vote?