by Greig Baker
They say politics is just show business for ugly people – and I’m the first to admit that I’m no looker, but politics in Canterbury is actually far from unattractive.
I would encourage people to put aside the bullying and sniping comments from some factions on Twitter, as they really don’t reflect most people’s attitudes or views.
In fact, I’d like to share some of the things that have happened behind the scenes in our local politics this week, to show you that there are plenty of reasons to be cheerful.
- Pride chief accused of “inciting hatred” in bizarre rant
- Next season’s Canterbury rugby fixtures published
You might be misled by some of the Twitter trolls who got stuck into local Tories for sponsoring this weekend’s Pride, but they haven’t even scratched the enthusiasm for the event.
And as volunteers have been helping out with the preparations for our stand on the main site, there’s been loads of good humour – and some genuinely funny moments.
For example, I wanted us to have a phrase that we could use on our banners and posters at Pride.
Something that sums up how we’re proud to be there, while accepting some people are still surprised that we are, and maybe even throwing in a hint of innuendo to make people smile…
Our local volunteers definitely stepped up. Suggestions for the banner logo ranged from the musical (“There ain’t no party like a Tory Party” and “I kissed a Tory and I liked it”), to the quite risqué (“Come with the Conservatives!”), to the way too adventurous (“Blow me – it’s the Conservatives!”).
In the end, we went for something much better suited to a family day out and plumped for “Conservatives with Pride”, which fits us nicely.
Hopefully you’ll see the posters dotted around the place on Saturday. But the others did make us chuckle…
After sorting out our stuff for Pride, we got back to the regular work of campaigning on the doorstep.
We went to a couple of thousand homes last weekend and there were some lighter moments then, too (including the guy who came to the door in his pants but insisted he was “too shy” to talk about politics…).
As always in and around Canterbury, the vast majority of people were friendly and pleased to talk about local issues.
And we finished off a day walking in the sunshine by rescuing a few beers in a nice pub in town, so what’s not to like about campaigning?!
Overall, this week has been a great example of how politics in our local patch might not always be pretty, but it can certainly be fun and it’s definitely worthwhile. I wouldn’t want to do it anywhere else.
Greig Baker is chairman of Canterbury’s Conservative Association