Polling day today

Started by: PeterP (9470)

It is time for our local elections today. Probably it will be yet another poor turn out for the voters. I come under Ashton for voting but do not even know who is up for election Nobody canvassing No Leaflets through the door. No Posters. Just faceless people who expect the people to vote for them Is there a pig/donkey up for election as you might as well vote for that

Started: 5th May 2022 at 04:53

Posted by: fossil (7481)

I have had leaflets in Ince and have already voted.

Replied: 5th May 2022 at 07:57

Posted by: Owd Codger (951)

We have had three leaflets from the Labour candidate in our Ward.
A complete waste of money when it is so obvious that the candidate will be returned by a a massive majority of the remaining sheep in what will be again, the usual low turn out of around a third of the electorate.

Replied: 5th May 2022 at 08:38

Posted by: jo anne (34169) 

PeterP, you can find out the names and parties of those standing in your ward via the Council’s website:

Voting and Elections

Ashton Ward

• Martin Paul

• Matthews Geoffrey Stephen
Liberal Democrats

•Richardson James Alan

• Sykes Anthony John

Ince Ward has only two candidates to choose from, Labour and Conservative. We’ve got the Labour leaflet which doesn’t tell you anything really of what the long-standing candidate himself has done for Ince, and haven’t received any campaign info about the Tory candidate at all. Very disheartening.

Replied: 5th May 2022 at 09:12

Posted by: PeterP (9470)

Jo anne I know I can look online for the candidates but not every one has a computer /smart phone, So what happened to the good old door knocking/leaflets

Replied: 5th May 2022 at 09:47

Posted by: jo anne (34169) 

Fair point, PeterP, I can’t ever remember candidates knocking on doors in Ince, but we used to get a leaflet from each at least, and an Independent candidate once had posters in a local shop. There doesn’t seem to be any effort made in campaigning nowadays though.

Replied: 5th May 2022 at 09:55

Posted by: Billinge Biker (1501) 

The red tie wearing monkeys will be voted in again by the sheep.

Replied: 5th May 2022 at 10:48

Posted by: mortarmillbill (792)

Douglas Ward - no canvassing, only one leaflet from Labour.

I'm sure I recollect cars being sent to take the elderly to vote.

I forecast a very low turnout.

Replied: 5th May 2022 at 10:56

Posted by: jathbee (11364)

An independent standing in my ward so I have cast my postal vote in his direction. Probably won't make much difference to the overall outcome but no way was I voting Labour, sick to death of the mess that they are making of Wigan.

Replied: 5th May 2022 at 11:24

Posted by: Platty (1478)

BB: baa.

Replied: 5th May 2022 at 11:29

Posted by: jathbee (11364)

I think so too mortarmillbill. You can lead a horse to water etc, etc....

Replied: 5th May 2022 at 11:36

Posted by: Billinge Biker (1501) 

Dont do it Platty

Replied: 5th May 2022 at 12:22

Posted by: Platty (1478)

Certainly won't.
Are you going off to your abode on wheels? On our site, they only seem to come up to drink alcohol.

Replied: 5th May 2022 at 12:29

Posted by: Billinge Biker (1501) 

Up there tomorrow till monday

Replied: 5th May 2022 at 12:46

Posted by: Billinge Biker (1501) 

And I dare say I will quaff the odd gallon or two at the local hostelries of morecambe and lancaster..

Replied: 5th May 2022 at 12:48

Posted by: tonker (25468) 

Are you goin’ ont’baaaaike, laaaaike?

Replied: 5th May 2022 at 12:51

Posted by: Platty (1478)

Tonks: have they stopped you driving in Spain? You'll have to get t'tandem.

Replied: 5th May 2022 at 13:07

Posted by: tonker (25468) 

Have they ‘eck as laaaaike!

Replied: 5th May 2022 at 13:09

Posted by: Pewfall (275) 

Well i stayed up to watch it on t'internet as I don't have to go to work tomorrow / today. No real surprises as usual, Admin bans us from discussing politics so i'll respect that and keep my opinions to myself although i really want to bleat Baaaaaaa.........but i didn't say that..........

Replied: 6th May 2022 at 01:39

Posted by: PeterP (9470)

Are people not bothered which party their councillors are and cannot voice their opinion through the ballot box Just over a quarter of the people bothered to vote

Replied: 6th May 2022 at 09:09

Posted by: Billinge Biker (1501) 

Not this weekend Tonks as her indoors sniffs rain in the air today/tomorrow. I see the sheep turned out in force for wigan council.. my long standing Tory councillor (Orrell ward) lost to labour by 34 votes.. Will be different at the next General election.

Replied: 6th May 2022 at 09:17

Posted by: Tommy Two Stroke (10089)

Labour hold Wigan.


Replied: 6th May 2022 at 11:00

Posted by: whups (8747) 

why do you put pics of yourself on here 1stroke .

Replied: 6th May 2022 at 11:41

Posted by: Billinge Biker (1501) 

whups... No4. looming for you.... be nice

Replied: 6th May 2022 at 13:17

Posted by: Owd Codger (951)

Tommy Two Stroke

You have forgot to pin on the Red Rosette on the Donkey and omitted the sheep!

Replied: 6th May 2022 at 14:02

Posted by: Tommy Two Stroke (10089)


Replied: 6th May 2022 at 14:07

Posted by: ena malcup (1451) 

I am surprised to have seen no comment on here about last week's action by this government to hobble the Electoral Commission. It has now lost its independence, is accountable to a minister, and its management board has a built in tory majority.

Replied: 6th May 2022 at 15:51

Posted by: jo anne (34169) 

Billinge Biker, sorry to see Michael Winstanley is no longer a councillor - regarding The Galleries debacle, at least, he really seemed to do local people proud.

Replied: 6th May 2022 at 16:10

Posted by: tonker (25468) 

What did he do?

Replied: 6th May 2022 at 16:27

Posted by: Platty (1478)

ena: I don't remember the details, I can look them up, but they were fined for their involvement with the Brexit vote. They are taxpayer funded and had to pay fines.
But, don't worry, when the Labour government get in, it will change.

Replied: 6th May 2022 at 18:01

Posted by: ena malcup (1451) 

Both vote leave and remain were fined BY the electoral commission.

And largest fine of all was that of the Conservative party.

Boris now getting his revenge.

UK just became a little bit less a democracy, and a little bit more sliding into authoritarianism.

Platty I cannot find ANY record of the Electoral Commission being fined, EVER!

Replied: 6th May 2022 at 18:17
Last edited by ena malcup: 6th May 2022 at 18:33:37

Posted by: mortarmillbill (792)

I noticed that Gareth has missed out again.

Replied: 6th May 2022 at 19:04

Posted by: broady (18283) 

And his good lady. Ten out of ten for persistence for the pair of them.

Replied: 6th May 2022 at 20:26

Posted by: Owd Codger (951)

jo anne

That's the trouble with elections, sometimes it results in the loss of a good MP or Councillor.

In Wigan's case, even a Tory like Michael Winstanley and all because of people in his own party doing something stupid in the lockdown.

Replied: 7th May 2022 at 07:12
Last edited by Owd Codger: 7th May 2022 at 07:56:17

Posted by: Stardelta (9998)

"and all because of people in his own party doing something stupid in the lockdown"


I think there might have been one or two other teeny weeny reasons

Replied: 7th May 2022 at 13:19

Posted by: ena malcup (1451) 

The emergence of anti-sectarian politics in N Ireland is possibly worth a mention.

Replied: 7th May 2022 at 16:20

Posted by: annemarie (278)

I see Wigan are Labour again thank god Bolton have a split count so no on is in controll Labour were so confident they did not even bother to send their flyers to Blackrod glad they got stuffed

Replied: 7th May 2022 at 20:55

Posted by: wnwanderer (45)


Perhaps you can elaborate as to the other reasons MW lost his seat?

Replied: 7th May 2022 at 20:59

Posted by: First Mate (779)

If more than 32.55% of the electorate had turned out he may very well have come out on top. He lost by only 34 votes..

Replied: 7th May 2022 at 21:31

Posted by: Stardelta (9998)

So you are asking me why MW lost his seat? This is my take…….

The handling of the covid pandemic
The Brexit fiasco
The present cost of living crisis
Rishis and his Mrs tax affairs.

People are not happy with and are losing what faith they had in the Tory party and regardless of how good or bad MW was as a local councillor he is a Tory.

Replied: 8th May 2022 at 09:22


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