It is crucial that everyone in Wapping votes in the elections on 22nd May.
And by everyone I mean you – not someone else.
Many don’t bother voting at all, especially in local elections.
This year there are Local elections, European Parliamentary Elections and the contest for the next directly elected Mayor of Tower Hamlets all on the same day.
Ain’t we lucky?
Voting is contagious
I have no intention of telling you who to vote for – just vote.
Better still get five of your friends, colleagues or Wapping neighbours to vote too.
Every time 30 voters each get five others to vote it means another 1,000 people at the ballot box. Honest! For the political geeks here is a starting link about voting behaviour.
Here’s how it works…
30 people get five other people thats 150 people.
Then those 150 people get five other people to the ballot box. That’s 750.
And then… well, you get the idea.
Get out and vote
Of course not everyone tells exactly five people and the further the message ‘Get out and vote!’ gets from the origin the weaker it gets.
But it’s a sound idea and worth a try.
As I was wandering around Wapping Lane this morning I bumped into John Biggs and Jim Fitzpatrick our MP who were out campaigning with their team.
John used to be councillor for Wapping and can often be seen in Cinnamon Coffee shop.
This evening there is an article in the London Evening Standard about John Biggs and his views on the Tower Hamlets Mayoral election. Definitely worth a read.
I often say that people should vote for the politicians they see out on the street even when there is not an election.
One very wet and cold Saturday morning last winter I saw John Biggs knocking on doors in Waterman Way. No advisors, no hangers on, just him.
He attended the last meeting about the Pennington Street problem along with other local politicians. Here’s a link to a report about that meeting on Pootling around…
John Biggs knows Wapping well.
‘A smell of patronage’
He knows Mayor Lutfur well too. John’s comments on Mayor Lutfur in the Evening Standard are typical of the Labour candidate:
““I don’t think he’s an implicitly bad man… but I don’t think he’s a very good leader.”
This is my favourite quote though:
“He has around him a bunch of fairly unsavoury characters… whose hunger for power occasionally appears to precede their belief in properness. I’m sure that none of them are overtly corrupt but there is a smell around the patronage of the council which has caused a lot of anxiety.”
From recent personal experience I can confirm that ‘Fairly unsavoury characters’ is both true and an understatement.
More on the election in the next few weeks – and I promise more cute photographs of furry and or feathered animals to keep you sane too.
Oh and remember to vote on 22nd May.
You will make a difference. Especially if you get the vote out.
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Update: Eddie Izzard has announced his support for John Biggs today.