Monday, 31 December 2001

The General Election - Who Was That Man?

Although I've never written about politics before, I thought I would take a quick look back at the recent general election campaign here in Britain, and in particular, the North Norfolk constituency. First, let's look at the three main candidates;

The Liberal Democrat candidate, and eventual winner, was Mr. Norman Lamb.

The Conservative candidate was Mr. David Prior.

The Labour candidate was, err,...erm - you know, that fella.

I think you can understand what I'm trying to say here. It was obvious from the start of the campaign that the Labour Party had no chance of winning this seat from the Tories, and it was because of this, their campaign in this area was virtually non-existant.

Wherever you went in the area, you would see posters with Mr. Lamb's and Mr. Prior's names on. But the Labour Party posters just carried the name of the party. They made no mention of the candidate.

It made me fully realise about their attitude towards this area while walking past their offices in Cromer. The name of the candidate wasn't even mentioned there.

It was during the latter stages of the campaign that I spoke to one of the Labour candidates for the county council election. She said that she strongly disagreed with her party's tactics, because it didn't reflect too well on the party itself.

If the Labour Party are to get any sort of following in the North Norfolk area, they must really change not only their tactics but their entire way of thinking. They may be doing extremely well on a national level, but they really should make an effort at local level. Otherwise the voter apaty that was apparent for all to see a few weeks ago will become more prevelent.

News just in - the Labour Party candidate was a postman, a Mr. Michael Gates. He came in a distant third behind Mr. Lamb & Mr. Prior. 'Nuff said.