It’s that time again the Politicians have come out of hibernation and suddenly they remember there is an electorate. There are basically two types of voters, those who vote for the same party election after election, because their father voted that way and their grandfather voted that way.
Then there is the other type who vote on the basis of policies or whether a government has done well, are they good for the country. These voters generally live in a marginal constituency where the MP is changed after a reasonably regular length of time. These are generally situated in the south-east, London and the central corridor where government money is spent. Why is this? because politicians have to work for their votes. Priority treatment in hospital, if you are ill now is the time to see your MP. Who can then bribe the voters with promises of new infrastructure and public money for employment. Take a look at all the projects earmarked for these regions, the electioneering in these regions will be intense and anything you want you can have.
Now look at another region of Britain the South West, Cornwall, Devon and Somerset. These counties are forgotten during a general election because everyone knows how they will vote. One party who is guaranteed the votes does not waste money on a forgone conclusion and equally so all the other parties say what is the point of contesting these constituencies. You only have to look around this region to see dilapidated railway lines, stations in a derelict condition tracks that were better fifty years ago you are now down to single line track in many places and roads that are horrible. Only the M5 is a modern road, many roads go down to single lane with passing points and Honiton is still a mess but nobody cares and the reason is very simple there aren’t any marginal’s in the West Country. You do not make your politicians work for your vote it’s a foregone conclusion you might as well be a foreign country. They had to repair the line at Dawlish otherwise you would have been totally separated from the rest of Britain. The people of Somerset must wonder if it is worthwhile voting for the same party after all the floods and lack of government action. They didn’t hang around when the Thames flooded, you are not cannon fodder you are election fodder.
Now if there was a few marginal seats in the west country, if people changed the way they voted occasionally, then perhaps government money would pour into this region they would no longer be the forgotten counties.
Make your MP’s work for your vote and make them pay for your vote. There is only one way to achieve that become a marginal!
(c) Michael Douglas Bosc