A lot of people don’t think before they vote. They just vote for the party that they have always for or, even worse, the party that their parents voted for. Some people even vote for the party that might come second because they don’t like the other party.
In NW Hampshire, around 30,000 voters would put their X in the box for a donkey if somebody pinned a blue rosette on it!
In the 2015 election, only one of the five candidates is genuinely local. Dan Hill has lived in Andover since he was 2 years old. He also works in the area.
The Conservative candidate, Kit Malthouse, is a hedge fund manager, is the Deputy Mayor of London, and has been dropped into the “safe Tory seat” even though he appears to find difficulty finding his way from the capital city to the rolling countryside of rural Hampshire.
Here are three letters from this week’s Andover Advertiser.
WELL done on the rather clever set of questions you posed to the four game parliamentary candidates who chose to respond: Andy Adams for Labour, Sue Perkins for UKIP, Dan Hill for the Greens and Alex Payton for the Lib Dems.
What I found disturbing was that Kit Malthouse declined to take part.
Particularly so because he is the Conservative candidate and historically Andover has been represented by Conservative MPs.
Mr Malthouse has been Boris Johnson’s deputy mayor for policing, deputy leader at Westminster City Council, director and majority shareholder in various companies, member of the Thames Estuary Airport Steering group, and his business interests have been in hedge fund financing. So an undoubtedly excellent Conservative candidate for Westminster. But Andover..?
Wiki describes the North West Hants constituency as follows: “In the county of Hampshire focussed around the town of Andover which has small pockets of regionally high levels of social housing and unemployment”.
So being able to answer the Advertiser’s questions on the cost of a pint of milk and the minimum wage might have been rather helpful in deciding who was “in touch” and might make our best next MP.
With the forthcoming election likely to be one of the most interesting in recent history, perhaps it is time to start looking a bit more closely at the suitability of the candidates and asking how well they will represent us rather than just putting an X in a box next to a party label.
Maureen Treadwell, Meadow View, Chilbolton
I MUST say Kit Malthouse came out of your quiz last week rather badly.
By refusing to take part he gives the impression he’s above taking part in things. Is he taking our votes for granted? I’m traditionally a Conservative supporter, but don’t think I’ll vote for him.
Martin Robbins, Andover, via e-mail
IN response to Alan Kitchener’s letter last week about politicians, I agree with you thinking that politics is a grubby game and in past elections I would have been in two minds, as you are, in who to vote for.
This year the choice is an easy one for me though, for the first time in many years we can vote for a Green candidate.
One who has no past political experience but has an intense passion for politics. He has no interest in game playing, running down the opposition or gaining personally in any way.
His interest purely lies with wanting to make North West Hampshire and Great Britain a better place to live for everyone.
Julia Hill, via e-mail
In conclusion, I would ask my local friends and acquaintances, “Will you vote for a city banker who is so arrogant in expecting to be elected because he wears a blue rosette that he will not even turn up to public debates, or will you vote for a local man who is passionate about local issues?”
Very sadly, I believe that there are still far too many people who will blindly vote for anything wearing a blue rosette.
More happily, whilst canvassing, I have met many people who appear to be very positive about having a genuine, local candidate: The Green Party candidate, Dan Hill.
Nationally, I would urge people to consider very carefully before voting for those who genuinely represent their own values and beliefs.