Friday, May 04, 2007
Okay, the headline is a lie. But your comment rate has slowed and I feel lonely. The last time I posted on science and religion, there were 80 comments, so it might work this time. The correct headline for this post is: Local Election Shock. Since my previous, thoughtful essay on the results, I have discovered a handwritten but, sadly, photocopied note from two ladies named Roberta and Joyce. Roberta tells me 'canvassing has been an exhilarating experience' and Joyce goes so far as to inform me that 'it's been brilliant being your councillor for the past seven years.' Roberta, get a life, and, Joyce, has it indeed? The only way out of this silliness is to transfer more tax-raising from central to local government. We might then start thinking seriously about the membership of our local councils. We might also turn out for elections and abandon this stupid habit of voting in eccentric ways that bear no relation to our general election intentions. Unfortunately Gordon Brown is not the man to do this.
Posted by Bryan Appleyard at 7:52 am