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9:36am on Thursday, 2nd May, 2019:



It's local election day today. Hooray! I get to throw my vote in the discard pile once again.

As usual, I voted shortly after the polling station opened. This is so that if I forget, I might remember later in the day and so still have time to wield my pencil of power.

We had four candidates to choose from, representing the Greens, Lib Dems, Labour and Conservative parties. The Conservative one is guaranteed to garner more than the rest put together, so my vote is completely irrelevant. I still use it, though, because I don't want to upset those who were imprisoned over a century ago to extend the franchise to people like me.

So, for which party should I waste it?

Not the Greens, as I don't like single-issue politics. Not the Lib Dems, as they're more EU than UK. Not Labour, as they're bonkers.


My wife's usual tie-breaker for deciding which among the destined-to-lose candidates to vote for was inapplicable this time, because all four names on the ballot were male.

Bah! Lib Dems it is, then.

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