Thursday, April 29, 2010

Down at the hustings


Last night the United Church and the Bishop of Winchester hosted hustings for our election candidates: Steve Brine (Conservative), Patrick Davies (Labour), Mark Lancaster (English Democrats) and Martin Tod (Liberal Democrats). The UKIP candidate was otherwise engaged. As you can imagine, they all towed their Party lines about the deficit, parliamentary reform and how to tackle our "broken society." The only one to break ranks was Patrick Davies who said that he's never supported owning nuclear weapons, had marched against them in the past and hopes for a nuclear-free world.

It was interesting to watch the interaction of the personalities: Steve, the action man who always has a ready anecdote; Martin, who's passionate about climate change and who hopes to learn how to be a good constituency MP before another election is called; Mark, the cheerful policeman who believes the English have far too little say in their own Parliament; and Patrick, a man of great integrity who sadly doesn't stand a chance of being elected in Winchester.

8 Comments:

Anonymous kinglear said...

Hmm - all bets are off - I didn't realise the LibDem was an English for the English candidate - he will clearly romp it! Interesting the Church got involved, even if only hosting space....

9:19 am  
Blogger Winchester whisperer said...

Oh - are you sure?

8:21 am  
Blogger kinglear said...

slightly tongue in cheek - there's a botle of champagne on it....

11:22 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Personality, personality, this election is sham.

DC originally called for the leaders debates giving the Liberal Democrats an equal platform and encouraging a hung parliament. Given the amount of thought and PR smooze that has gone into the Tory campaign surely they should have foreseen this. Yet the Conservatives are the only party who don't support electoral reform.

The main issue is what are they going to cut?
According to the IFS, the Conservatives have left £52 billion of implied cuts completely unexplained. Labour, £44 billion unaccounted for and the Lib Dems are silent on £35 billion.

How our we expected to trust any of them?

2:02 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

get boris into sort all the mess out

6:37 am  
Blogger Ellee Seymour said...

I'm going to a hustings this evening in Cambridge. On the whole, many of the candidates can be credited for wanting to make a difference, but it's how they want to achieve it that matters most..

5:01 pm  
Blogger Winchester whisperer said...

ok KL!

You are right, Anon - all we know is that massive cuts are coming.

Boris is well-placed, Anon.

Looking forward to reading about it on your blog, Ellee

7:50 am  
Blogger Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Patrick Davies spounds like that rare breed - an honest politician.

11:13 pm  

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