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election report 7 May 2010 #ge2010 #sswindon

As promised my final blog on the election.

The trip over to East Anglia yesterday yielded only Tory posters and signs again, and the run to Cheltenham this morning was enlivened by a solitary Labour sign to break up the Tory/Lib Dem monopoly.

The LibDems held Cheltenham as one would have expected, and both Swindon seats were Tory gains from Labour, so a belated poke in the eye for the boundary fiddles of earlier in the Labour term of government.

The overall result is a disappointment for me as I wanted a better turnout and a decisive result. I find it interesting that there is so much bile floating around from Labour quarters. You came second, get over it, you may still end up sort of governing the country.

In my early blogs on the election I made the point that none of the main parties had an attractive enough package (I couldn’t even remember the names of Cameron and Clegg until halfway down the page that day if you recall). The current government have destroyed the country so even a moderately positive alternative should have rolled them over and consigned them to the dustbin if history where they belong. But that didn’t happen.

Let’s face it, John Major’s Conservative government weren’t that bad, (OK there may have been a rotten apple or two, but the current government are riddled with them; they’ve made sleaze an art form), but that grinning goon Tony B Liar and his cronies demolished them, so how come DC couldn’t do the same to the disgraceful shower that they faced? They were just not good enough to get the voters out in sufficient numbers.

Labour have nothing to crow about, losing 20% odd of their MPs and a fair few ministers amongst them. The political map of the UK doesn’t show much red, and the English portion is largely blue, with the LibDems not doing too well either, despite all the ridiculous media hype about their leader.

A sad day for the UK, and that means all of us. Once again we can’t rely on our politicians so we’ll have to look to our business leaders to pull the country round despite the former groups failings. They will, given room to manoeuvre, and anyone who complains about their pay packets… I’ll leave it there.

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more fun with the national health service

I had to go over to my local health centre last week for a periodic check up. As I’m getting closer to three score years it’s good to keep a check on how the old body is doing, and I’m pleased to say that it’s not too bad at all. A couple of things I need to watch, but I’m doing better than maybe they thought, and this is the issue. I knew that I was doing better than the numbers that they told me I needed to be around because I had the same set of blood tests a couple of months ago at the hospital.

Bearing in mind that we are talking about two establishments both part of the Swindon NHS trust and barely two miles away from each other as the crow flies why is the information not shared?

How much time was wasted on two appointments for the tests, two more appointments for the results, two sets of postage to send the samples plus all of the consumables involved, two lots of tests?

I know the anti big brother mob are rabidly against centralising information, but this is an area where surely it would have made sense to have made the first test results available to my general practioner’s office? With all the waste in costs why oh why does this sort of thing go on?

When I had the first of the two operations at the NHS hospital I signed a form and that released all of my notes and test results from the private hospital that I had seen previously about that health issue, so if we can swap data between the private and public services, why can’t two parts of the same public service do the same?

What saddens me most is that money and time has ben wasted on me that could have benefited somone who really needed it. This government has done so much damage to the NHS it is hard to believe that it was a Labour party idea in the first place.

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election update 4 May 2010 #ge2010

Yesterday we saw two Labour posters in Swindon. At last some evidence of opposition. We also got a Labour leaflet stuffed through the door. Am I being targeted because of the blogs? Who knows, but at least a sign of activity.

Today I’ve been over to the Essex/Herts border, but little sign of any posters. Maybe I was concentrating more on the traffic, but I’m doing the same trip again on polling day, so will try and look out for signs of action.

Friday will be my last blog, I hope, on this subject.

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letters to the editor number 19 – initial thoughts


My attention has been drawn to the intials PM. Amongst other things, they appear to stand for:

a) Prime Minister
b) Puppet Master
c) Peter Mandelson

Am I alone in thinking that this is no coincidence? I think that we should be told.

Yours faihtfully
Worried of Wiltshire

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election report 29 April 2010 #ge2010

Well, that’s April done with. Less than a week to go now and I’ve posted my vote off today just in case I don’t get back in time to vote on Thursday.

I’ve not been out and about today other than a walk over to the pharmacy this afternoon and that yielded no sign of any posters or signs at all. It does seem very quiet in that respect this election, but I’m not sure why. Are the parties leaning more towards the media, internet and social networking?

As far as the latter goes, from what I’ve seen so far each tribe is shouting about itself. Some of what I read earlier about #bigotgate tends to suggest that there are Labour supporters that think GB had it right with his in car remarks, but then that doesn’t surprise me. Some of these people ought to look the word up in the dictionary and think about how they are behaving.

A pal has challenged me over my expression of sympathy for GB. Fair comment, but I meant it in the sense that many of us in leadership roles will have been caught out by something that we thought had been expressed in a private, and friendly, environment getting out to a wider audience. In case no-one has noticed we are all human and prone to cocking things up from time to time. Great leaders learn from mistakes more than from anything else and my sympathy was in terms of the isolated issue of the bloke relying on his henchpersons (doesn’t that beautifully illustrate what the idiot PC mafia have done to our language), but getting shafted because they all, including him, missed the microphone.

As a facilities manager I, like my colleagues, have handled loads of VIP visits, whether that be company people, celebs, politicos or royalty. The one thing that we are really good at is the details, having our people orgainised and having enough back up plans to cover everything that we can think of and a fair few that we can’t even imagine.It’s what we do day in, day out, so VIPs are fairly easy to slot in, regardless of how difficlut the individuals may be. In most cases the people themselves are fine, it’s the entourage (henchpersons) who are the problem and, as FMs, we’re well versed in working around them to make things a success regardless.

A big part of that is in watching people’s backs for them, and in doing so we don’t have any room for airs and graces or personal ego trips. We do what we have to and bask in the glory afterwards of nobody having even noticed that we were there or what we did. From watching the incident on TV my take on the GB team was that they had their minds on other things. When you are the point person you have to focus on your own job and rely on those around you to do theirs. Someone lost the plot. There have been other examples of live mics and making sure that GB had his taken off was a no-brainer, but it got missed, maybe because of the change of plan to bring in a tame vox pop, or so they thought.

To me the incident smacked of arrogance in more than one individual; the very sort of thing that we facilities managers jjust don’t have time for.

Anyway, I’ll stop typing now. Inadvertantly I’ve padded out this election report with an advert for FMs. Well deserved that may be, I shouldn’t really have included it here, but I’m not going to delete it all now.


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election report 29 April 2010 part two #ge2010

As promised this morning a quick update on election activity spotting on the Cheltenham trip. Despite being in and around the more working class areas over on the western side of town still no sign of Labour. LibDem probably just ahead of Tory in terms of signs running in and out of town, but the former vanish as soon as you get to the edge of town and the fields are home to Tory signs only.

I just Tweeted to suggest that Gordon’s first words tonight might be “Is this mic on?”. For me there is the issue of free speech at the heart of this and there is a supreme irony that makes me feel an idea for a Monday Musing from my alta ego coming on. If I can work it into 600 words I’ll publish on that blog and put a note here with a link.

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election report 29 April 2010 #ge2010

Following on from my Tweet last night after I’d heard the news I am still critical of him for having said what he did, albeit that the guy was amingst his personal team and should have had an element of slack in that environment.

The problem is that you have to be so careful about what you say these days. Once you’ve said it, no matter how private you might have thought the situation, it is said and could get out into the wide world. Take the Pope scandal at the FO. I can very much see a situation whereby discussion could have got out of hand over possible things for him to do, and I’m well aware of the black humour that can take over in these situations, but, however it happened, someone let it out into the public domain.

In GB’s case he was back in his car with close personal aides and should have been given some room to blow off. He’s in a pressure situation and amongst friends, but who allowed that mic to stay live long after it should have been switched off and taken off him?

For once I have an element of sympathy for the guy and I give him credit for the personal apology. Has it changed my mind on whether or not Labour get my vote? No, it hasn’t, and I would be disappointed with anyone who says it has changed their minds. The election is about bigger issues.

Intersting that the media are still waffling on about it being neck and neck in the polls when so many of the ones doing the rounds show a very different picture. Do they think that we’re that gullible? Yes they do, and, in many cases, unfortunately they’re probably right.

Off to the far side of Cheltenham today, so will be passing the usual forest of LibDem & Tory posters and signs there, but will be looking for evidence of anyone else having a presence over around the GCHQ side of town. Watch out for a report later.


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election report 28 April #ge2010

A short gap since the last report, but not a lot has been happening. The Tories have been round twice more delivering leaflets and info and we did get a UKIP card in the household delivery this morning care of Royal Mail, but that is it. In this part of the world the Conservatives are trying hard and the rest aren’t really making an effort. The score so far:

Tories – a doorstep team in the area over two days and going back to places they got no answer at first time round plus 2 leaflet drops.

Labour – one chap on his own making a rather cursory doorstep visit.

LibDem & Other – No sign of any activity

One week to go!

PS: Just completed a poll on Friends Reunited;

Tory 32%
Labour 25%
LibDem 21%
Other 21%

Results not scientific etc, but a long way from what the last media poll I saw was trying to portray.

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election report 24 April #ge2010

The regular Cheltenham trip today saw a few extra LibDem posters in the outskirts of the town, but the Tories are counter attacking with some new ones of theirs having sprung up. Out in the country it’s still all Tory, and not a Labour sign to be seen.

Having been looking at what they are promising, given the alleged surge in interest, I have become very concerned about the LibDem transport policy which, quite frankly, is a nonsense. There is no way that their proposals for car drivers can have a neutral effect unless we give up our cars and buy bikes. Their ideas for buses and railways in rural areas we can’t afford even if they do screw billions out of private motorists and their railway proposals in general are lifted from the Victorian era when they were a good idea and no-one has invented NIMBYs. There are already screams of protest about high speed rail proposals from the country communities that these services are supposed to serve, but wait ’til you get near towns and cities and start on compulsary purchase and building the infrastructure. Overall it’s about what I expect from a bunch of cycling enthusiasts who don’t get out enough.

So a vote for a Lib-Dem is a vote to give away large sums of money if you drive a car. You have been warned!

I don’t see much point in reading the Labour manifesto as they are unlikely to do anything different to the destruction of the country that they’ve managed over the last umpteen years. If they say any different why would you believe them? And so many have turned out, as far as I can see, to be self serving petty crooks as far as expenses and what they can cet for themselves go, so there’s another good reason not to trust them.

Which only leaves one alternative, albeit I’m not going to go as far as calling them a credible one. At least they look to be able to do a better job of getting the country turned round and on to the long (an Labour have dug us miles into the abyss) road back towards some sort of solvency.

More reports on activity in the days ahead.

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election report 23 April #ge2010

I’ve had a different week from the one I’d planned. Apologies for the gap between reports, but that’s life.

During my travels this week, and those of my able assistant who took on my Corby job for me, it has been more of the same; Tory signs all over and nothing for anyone else spotted from the car or the train windows. Over in the US there would have been a forest of signs up for the competing parties, and I’m used to seeing more over here, but it is all one sided really so far.

Tomorrow I’ll be off to Cheltenham as usual on Saturdays and will pass a few LibDem signs again. It’ll be interesting to see if there are more following the TV debates.

Talking of the debates I have stuck to my promise of not watching and, from what I’ve heard on the news and read in the papers, I’ve not kissed much, but I am concerned that people have been so influenced by such a stage managed piece of nonsense. A hung parliament would be a disaster for the country in my opinion, and more so if it came about due to a bit of stage managed fluff designed to give the media something to fill their bulletins and papers with.

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