People come up to us and ask questions. Usually we like them to say "would you like some more beer?", rather than the more frequent question, "Are you aware of the national speed limit in this country, sir?".
Most recently, people have been asking: "where is your electoral coverage?"
Well, we've been primarily leaving it to other reporting outlets, specifically the Bristolian and Bristol 24/7. If people are putting effort in to analyse voting records, do interviews and organise hustings, that's enough.
A more relevant question people ask us is: who should we vote for?
As the people printing the ballots, we can say "you can't vote for UKIP on our photocopies as he falls off the end". Which is ironic as the spherical model of the earth is one of those sciency-things that UKIP candidates argue about, along with Climate Change and Newton's Laws of Motion (especially the bit that says the kinetic energy in a collision goes up with the square of the velocity).
Instead you get to make your mind up, noting that as Tony Dyer is the only one ever to have bought team members (including the late Chris Hutt) beer, he's got a head start.
What we recommend is you, the voter, place the following items in the order you feel is most important.
[ ] Right to speed at 35+ mph through the inner city
[ ] Right to park where you want in the city
[ ] Fundamental issues in society
The Fundamental issues in society box can include: education; housing; the central-government imposed austerity program and the fact that it will get worse; how and why so few people brought up in Bristol are in science and engineering jobs in north fringe technical companies, Bristol's Air Quality Management Area and other environmental issues; Firstbus & Metrobus. All the things that matter to those people who don't recognise that the choice between 20 mph and 30 mph is the most important issue facing the city today.
Then choose a politician that appears to prioritise issues in an order closest to your own. That's your first vote.
For the second vote you decide who you don't want in: Marvin or George —and vote for the other. Clear?
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Wot! No Tony Gosling?
Not on this, the postal vote. Paul Turner (UKIP) is there, he just didn't fit in the A4 flatbed scanner and didn't seem relevant at a mayoral level anyway.
BTW, if you sign up for postal voting, its easier to vote but you get a lot more people coming round to make sure you'll be the one to go for. Labour party have been pretty aggressive here
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