Not sure if this will help anyone but it’s what I went through today. Had some time and thought I’d check out the candidates in our [till now] Labour constituency to work out whom to vote for.
First move was to ring Tory HQ and got through to a lady who put me through to a line where no one was but that recorded voice suggested I email. If I’d wanted to do that, I would have emailed in the first place.
I phoned Tory HQ again and now the lady was annoyed with me, putting me through to another line where the same happened. I tried again and said the Tories had lost maybe one, maybe 12 votes as a result of this.
Maybe they have, maybe they haven’t – I’ll decide on the day.
Second move was to contact UKIP HQ and it was completely different – very helpful but the issue was no one has heard of this candidate and there’s nothing online – believe me, I’ve tried. She gave me his email. He has responded this evening in a very nice way.
By the way, UKIP tell me the Manifesto is coming out next Wednesday.
However, I noticed that the chairman of the branch was a former candidate I’ve voted for before and so I contacted him. The following is a very heavily redacted reply – nothing inserted but names are extracted:
As I am no longer a member of UKIP, I can give you some objective advice but I would need more time than I have right now to respond in detail, so …
1. UKIP appear to lack cohesion and resources and the polls are indicating downward trends.
2. LAB are promising the world … but are they fiscally sound?
3. CON want to demonstrate leadership and strength yet back down when Dementia Tax policy is universally criticised?
4. LAB MP is a great constituency MP. Hard working but … LAB!
5. CON candidate states he is pro Brexit. This means he only voted ‘out’ as I controlled Brexit in XXXX for the combined campaigns (UKIP, Leave, Grassroots Out etc.) and never saw his name come up in anything as helper or coordinator etc.
Hope this helps.
We had this discussion yesterday and I was strongly of the opinion that we should always vote, if only for an Indy. Others begged to differ. However today, with the list of candidates in front of me, all are established parties, no Indies.
Thus it’s Tory, UKIP or nothing and nothing is looking quite good. If the Tories are so disorganized that they can’t even answer a query [or so arrogant], if UKIP are so underfunded and disorganized – then what choice does one have?
Meanwhile, Theresa May u-turns on pensions.
Oh, by the way, what I was hopefully finding out about the two candidates was how pro-Brexit they really were and then I was going to ask about immigration. Unless I can get some sort of indication on immigration, then I may well not vote.