Electoral Expectations

Don’t play the expectations game – re-warding and squeezes on registration have made it harder for Labour.
Fight back in the best way possible – go vote!

Expectations were being set over the weekend about how many Councillors the Conservatives will lose on Election Day, this Thursday.
This “game” is about being able to say you’ve won when you’ve lost; most successfully played when the Conservatives persuaded the media that election results could be interpreted by what happened in Westminster, Wandsworth and Bradford – the rest of us didn’t count that year.
This year, it’s started by predictions that the Conservatives will lose over 1,000 Councillors. More “reasoned” analysis suggests 800.  

So how many Conservatives will lose in Nottingham?
Cos currently, it’s 52-3.  
But here’s what the analysts haven’t mentioned.
In 2015, the local elections was held at the same time as a General Election, when Labour benefits from high turnout.
And in Nottingham, we’ve had our ward boundaries re-drawn using figures that work solely on people registered – and not even from 2017 when numbers were high – and ignores many students and second people (and more) who have tended to not be registered so often given the changes in the registration system.

A season of some glory

Pleased to see Salop have avoided relegation from League 1 with a point at Coventry.
Last season, we could have won promotion at Wembley against Rotherham – who got relegated back down again yesterday.
Meanwhile our manager left with 2 of our best players to Ipswich; he lasted a few months, but they have been relegated.
Meanwhile, we took the Macclesfield manager, who seemed to buy wisely, but failed to win matches, critiquing his own team selection every time. Decent guy, but he was replaced by the Wrexham manager, whose selection decisions could also be questioned, but some further smart signings and we had some amazing away games – wonderful memories of Stoke and Wolves.  
But some hopelessly poor motivated home setbacks such as Oxford last week.
But we’ve survived, and we’ve had a season of some glory and some memories.  
And when you’re 3rd tier – perhaps that’s what it’s about.

Voting for Angharad and Sam for Castle ward

Angharad Roberts and Sam Webster because –
– they are against the austerity that has caused the increase in rough living in the city centre;
– those of us who live in the city centre will need councillors who care about the city centre enough to visit residents to ask for their support, for some months now;
– the Conservatives didn’t even mention rough sleeping on their leaflet for local priorities;
– the Lib Dems behave like central gov’t cuts played no part in the problems we face – no doubt cos their support for austerity helped to start it happen;
– Angharad brings a cool determination to do what’s right;  
– Sam is well experienced in city centre and Park Estate issues.

We are voting Labour in The Meadows

Because – 
– Nicola and I have acted on concerns raised by Meadows residents at the rate of almost one a day;
– we pick up concerns for residents who’ve not raised issues with us before at the rate of 3 a week;
– we have supported opportunities for a new cricket pavilion and a cycling facility for young kids that others campaigned against;
– we backed the tram and other green measures that others campaigned against;  
– Bridgeway Shopping Centre is fully used;  
– we called a public meeting to demand action on knife crime and shown films to demand a better deal for those in need.

Achievements 2011-19

Nicola and I have acted upon 2800 matters and more in our 7/8 years and that’s almost 1 every day on average. Around 3 new people served every week.
Lots of things done; in a collective world where so much more gets done by working together so it’s hard to say “that’s me”.
Can more clearly point out what wouldn’t have got done if we hadn’t stood up to individuals, claiming to speak on behalf of all, when in fact just insisting on their personal prejudice.

Meadows election hustings

Around 30 people attended the hustings, but only half of the candidates. 2 Conservatives and the Green didn’t even apologise. One Lib Dem apologised.

4 tables with 25 minutes discussion at each.
Many of the points discussed have of course been rehearsed recent months, or in the previous 7/8 years.
But a new emphasis on rehearsing the potential for more shops at Bridgeway Shopping Centre came through. Also, the need to review the control of car parking spaces in the New Meadows, drawing on the surprise from the morning’s ward walk that not all estate parking spaces had been brought into the permit scheme.

No-one made the false assertion that the new cricket pavilion had not been available to local football clubs this season – they only had to pick up the phone, or send an e-mail in.


Guilsfield, Hanwoodbank, Hanwood, Bishops Castle, Clun and Welshpool.

Visited my sister’s home, my old home, and its village church, Bishop’s Castle, Club Castle and Welshpool.

Also went to see Salop take on Oxford United, needing only a point to guarantee safety.
Oxford took the lead despite their forward using the arm to control the ball.
No particular surprise that Salop soon got what might have been perceived as a soft penalty.
Whatever, looking forward to the use of VAR growing.
Salop were leading t half-time, but gave a ineffective second-half performance, and lost in a tame way.