Celestial Weasel (celestialweasel) wrote,
Celestial Weasel

Different votes for the same folks

The town and district council wards are essentially the same, with our ward returning 2 district councillors and 3 town councillors. The candidates for district council were more or less a subset of those for town council (though a Green stood in the district but not the town). And yet people voted differently, with the district council having 1 LibDem and 1 Tory whereas the town council has 3 Tories. Therefore a non-trivial number of people must have decided to vote Tory for the town council and LibDem for the district. Which is of course not unreasonable since the councils do different things and could be / should be judged on their own records, but about 50 and 100 more people out of about 1000 voted for the first and second Tories for the town council than they did for the district, which suggests a degree of interest / engagement / discrimination which surprises me, I would certainly not take this much effort to decide 'OK, I think Sandy will do a better job with play areas than he will with car parks'. Do people think that the town council does a worse job with cemeteries, play areas, war memorials (just refurbished) and allotments (and red dog pooh bins) than the district does with car-parks and rubbish collection (and green dog pooh bins)? Hmm.

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