I have largely kept my personal party politics out of this blog. But as many of you know I am running as the parliamentary candidate for the Green Party in Scarborough and Whitby. I hope you will forgive me this one post. If people think it out of place please just say so and I will remove it. But I thought it had a greater import than purely party political and that some of you might be interested in it. I wrote this on my FaceBook page.
I had the most wonderfully heartening experience today at the husting at the 6th form college.
When I walked in it was clear, at least if the front row of students was anything to go by, that many of them were already decided in favour of Labour. Going to be tough I thought. But I said what I had to say. I tried to counter slogans with facts. And made it plain that I thought our political and financial system was broken and it was time to stop tinkering and time – long past time – to find the courage to build something new, something that actually works.
At first when I spoke the students whispered to each other with what seemed to be surprise. Later they began to clap. And at the end I was surrounded by young people who had questions and ideas bubbling out of them. It made my day, my week, my election.
What apathy? I didn’t see any at all. What I saw was hope! Lots of irrepressible hope.
And then apparently they held a vote. Here are the results I was just sent.
None of the above: 1
Sam Cross UKIP: 5
Michael Beckett Liberal Democrats: 8
Robert Goodwill Conservative: 13
Ian McInnes Labour: 23
David Malone Green: 73
Tell me again that we cannot be elected.
Perhaps there is still some hope for Democracy?