It’s this Thursday for me. Local council elections. I have a choice of SNP, Lib Dem, Tory or independent. I might go for Tory just for a laugh (in this part of the country he probably won’t bother campaigning or turning up for the result) but I think I’ll go for an independent candidate.
At least I’m not in the Ellon and District Ward, (Ward 9 in the list) where the SNP candidate is Anouk Kahanov-Kloppert. Och aye, the noo! I would be so tempted to vote for that name. It’s a wonderful name. It’s second only to McPutin as a vote grabber.
I just have ordinary names in my list of options. Nothing exotic or fascinating at all. So I’ll have to vote based on party. How tedious.
I have no idea what any of the candidates promise. Oh some of them have sent manifestos through the post but I ignored them. Since it’s been proven that manifesto promises are not binding I see no reason to even read them. None of them need deliver on the big ideas they claim to have.
So, my vote will be for an independent. I won’t vote independent at the real election in June. I’ll probably vote Tory even though they have no chance here – it’s either SNP or Lib Dem for this part of the country – but at least I can reduce the winner’s majority by one vote.
Here, there is a great deal of support for Scottish independence and also a great deal of support for giving Scotland to the EU. Doublethink is well entrenched in this part of the world. You can’t beat it.
But you can annoy it, and that’s something I’m very good at.