The Daily Telegraph rang me the other day to ask about the ‘poor showing’ of Suffolk Lib Dems in the recent local elections – and was disconcerted to hear that Woodbridge had actually doubled the number of Lib Dems on its Town Council.
Clearly this inconvenient fact spoiled the reporter’s story which appeared to want to go along the lines of Labour gains and Lib Dem losses – rather than the unreflecting Conservatism which may be rather closer to the truth in Suffolk. Indeed, I pointed out that in Suffolk there seems to be little sense of electoral discrimination or political responsibility.
In the SCC Wilford district by-election, for example, the first-time Tory candidate romped home despite all the horrible actions and publicity linked to the SCC Conservative administration over the last months.
One might suppose that many people in Wilford had neither care for buses, libraries, care homes etc. or those that used them. Or possibly were unable to see any link between these and their vote.
On the flip side I was glad to see that both Oxford and Cambridge voted yes to AV. Maybe its true : they may be blue but maybe they actually ARE centres of progressive thought and intellectual excellence!