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20 April 2007

There are elections going on you know!

Reading some parts of the media it would be easy to forget crucial votes across Wales, Scotland and

By Owen Walker

While Greg Dyke flirts with Labour’s enemies and commentators debate whether David Milliband’s last denial about the Labour leadership contest really was the last, you could be forgiven for forgetting there are local, Welsh Assembly and Scottish parliamentary elections within two weeks.

As these are the first UK elections in which blogs will have a significant influence, this blog review will take a break from Westminster politics for the next two weeks and concentrate on the grassroots.

Thousands of blogs will be preaching party manifestoes. No doubt interested parties can locate them. But here we show what blogs do best: expose incompetence and/or negligence.

Bad news this week for Lib Dems in Darlington as Labour councillor Nick
Wallis
reports: “For reasons not yet explained, Cllr. Jones signed the nomination papers of BNP candidate Daniel Brown, who is also standing in the town’s North Road ward. As Cllr. Jones also signed the nomination papers of fellow LibDem candidates Mike Barker and Fred Lawton, he was effectively placing his own candidacy in a very curious position!”

Meanwhile, in West Aberdeenshire, href=”https://bsscworld.blogspot.com/2007/04/fools.html“>A Big Stick and a Small Carrot has done a bit of research and found holes in a local Labour candidate’s campaign.

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The href=”https://www.theherald.co.uk/politics/news/display.var.1338729.0.0.php“>reported
the ‘green’ Conservatives scored 0/10 in a Scottish Friends of the Earth green test. Kerron
Cross
offers his view on the matter: “A cynic would be forgiven for thinking that the Tories’ words about caring for the environment are just another cheap gimmick, but I am prepared to be more charitable. But that is probably because I, like everyone else, know the Tories will get very few votes in Scotland whatever they say to us!”

Not only will Shrewsbury be hosting the Shrewsbury cartoon festival this weekend, but as Dizzy
discusses, it will also be trialing a new way of increasing voter turnout:
“Have just heard that the first electronic console polling station in this year’s local elections will be open on Saturday in a shopping centre in Shrewsbury. Let’s hope the system is neither overloaded or loses data.

“Apparently Shrewsbury will also be having text message voting and Internet voting as well. Wonder how long it will take for someone to make allegations of electoral fraud after the results?”

Finally, a chance to see how another of a blog’s best qualities can be used in these elections. Welsh blogger Blambell Briefs has invited questions that he will pass on to four Welsh politicians in a feature he is calling Honest
John
.

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