Nevin's Notes (05/05/10)

>An alternative take on the election

Related Topics

Oh, the excitement

Dull? How can anyone describe the most fiercely contested election since Pericles edged out Tony Benn in 450BC as dull? But that's the claim of the Green candidate in Bury St Edmunds, Mark Ereira-Guyer, about the campaign there. And before the sneers, I should remind you that Bury had a riot in1327, and Lord Tebbit is now a resident. Anyway, alarmed by this report, I embarked on a breakneck last-minute dash round some of the constituencies mentioned here over the last month to check on the action. Ready?

Belly battle

We begin in Stoke Central, where candidates slugging it out include former belly dancer Norsheen Bhatti for the Conservatives and tele-historian Tristram Hunt for Labour. And this is Mandy Hill, of the Olde Sweet Shoppe, talking to The Sentinel: "I have seen some of the parties' literature, but I haven't seen any candidates around and I wouldn't know who they are." Hmm.

Spilling the beans

Much better news, though, from Dorset South, where Tory Richard Plunkett-Ernle-Erle-Drax, known as Richard Drax for the sake of the trees, has really hit the headlines after spotting a teenager picking flowers illicitly in Portland and reporting him. And I knew Jacob Rees-Mogg, Somerset North East, wouldn't let us down: hit by several eggs at once in Midsomer Norton. Moreover, I don't know what Ereira-Guyer is on about: I have just spoken to the Muffin Break cafe in Bury, where customers have been putting coffee beans into dedicated party receptacles. And someone has knocked the Lib Dem one over. Yes, they are in the lead, too. Next!

Tango with Tony

Tango! More now on that offer to Tony Blair of a place on Dancing With The Stars, the American Strictly Come Dancing. I have been in communication with Tony's potential dancing partner, the lovely Karina Smirnoff. She said: "I suggest he works on rhythms and flexibility as soon as possible." Thank you, Karina! Flexibility, eh? That shouldn't be a problem.

Dual endorsements

Celebrity! Ace atheist Philip Pullman declared his support for the Lib Dems last week in one of those multi-signed missives. Part of it read: "The decision to back the Liberal Democrats in this election is a difficult one. Long-standing party loyalties, even in a less tribal world, are not easily suspended." Indeed. Here he is on the website of Caroline Lucas, leader of the Greens: "I'm happy to support her campaign, and I look forward to cheering her success." Well. What's going on? God knows.

React Now

  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Recruitment Genius: Senior Digital Marketing Consultant

£28000 - £45000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Senior Digital Marketing Cons...

Recruitment Genius: Assistant Stores Keeper

£16640 - £18500 per annum: Recruitment Genius: An Assistant Stores Keeper is r...

Recruitment Genius: Claims Administrator

£16000 - £18500 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an excellent opportunit...

Recruitment Genius: Software Developer - C# / ASP.NET / SQL

£17000 - £30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Developer required to join a bu...

Day In a Page

Read Next
Thousands of Russian troops marched on Red Square in the annual Victory Day parade in a proud display of the nation's military might amid escalating tensions over Ukraine  

Once again, the West fails to understand Russia

Mary Dejevsky
Jamie Oliver joins children as they celebrate Food Revolution Day 2014 by cooking bread, making smoothies and creating salads at St Paul's Whitechapel CE Primary School in London  

Teaching children to cook at school is a recipe for self-respect

Grace Dent
Fishing for votes with Nigel Farage: The Ukip leader shows how he can work an audience as he casts his line to the disaffected of Grimsby

Fishing is on Nigel Farage's mind

Ukip leader casts a line to the disaffected
Who is bombing whom in the Middle East? It's amazing they don't all hit each other

Who is bombing whom in the Middle East?

Robert Fisk untangles the countries and factions
China's influence on fashion: At the top of the game both creatively and commercially

China's influence on fashion

At the top of the game both creatively and commercially
Lord O’Donnell: Former cabinet secretary on the election and life away from the levers of power

The man known as GOD has a reputation for getting the job done

Lord O'Donnell's three principles of rule
Rainbow shades: It's all bright on the night

Rainbow shades

It's all bright on the night
'It was first time I had ever tasted chocolate. I kept a piece, and when Amsterdam was liberated, I gave it to the first Allied soldier I saw'

Bread from heaven

Dutch survivors thank RAF for World War II drop that saved millions
Britain will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power - Labour

How 'the Axe' helped Labour

UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power
Rare and exclusive video shows the horrific price paid by activists for challenging the rule of jihadist extremists in Syria

The price to be paid for challenging the rule of extremists

A revolution now 'consuming its own children'
Welcome to the world of Megagames

Welcome to the world of Megagames

300 players take part in Watch the Skies! board game in London
'Nymphomaniac' actress reveals what it was really like to star in one of the most explicit films ever

Charlotte Gainsbourg on 'Nymphomaniac'

Starring in one of the most explicit films ever
Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi: The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers

Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi

The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers
Vince Cable interview: Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'

Vince Cable exclusive interview

Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'
Iwan Rheon interview: Game of Thrones star returns to his Welsh roots to record debut album

Iwan Rheon is returning to his Welsh roots

Rheon is best known for his role as the Bastard of Bolton. It's gruelling playing a sadistic torturer, he tells Craig McLean, but it hasn't stopped him recording an album of Welsh psychedelia
Morne Hardenberg interview: Cameraman for BBC's upcoming show Shark on filming the ocean's most dangerous predator

It's time for my close-up

Meet the man who films great whites for a living
Increasing numbers of homeless people in America keep their mobile phones on the streets

Homeless people keep mobile phones

A homeless person with a smartphone is a common sight in the US. And that's creating a network where the 'hobo' community can share information - and fight stigma - like never before