I’m afraid that neither Nigel Bakhai nor Tony Lit, respectively the Liberal Democrat and Conservative contenders for the Ealing Southall parliamentary by-election on Thursday, are likely to get my vote. This is not on the issues, particularly. It’s on the fact that these two candidates have absolutely carpet-bombed our letterbox with printed material every day in the last couple of weeks. It’s all lame, negative, and much of it is made to appear (cheekily, I hope) as thought it’s some sort of fact-reporting community newspaper. The sheer oppressive volume of it is annoying and discouraging.
Also, I quite like the idea of a West London tram, which both of these candidates are against. Trams have worked really well in lots of other cities I’ve been to.