Sunday, 6 May 2012

Bristol Says Yes

Given my unequivocal opposition to the proposition of a mayor for Bristol, it will not surprise you to learn that I was bitterly disappointed when Bristol voted 'yes' last Thursday, the only one of nine cities to do so.

However what upset me even more than the result was the turnout - an average of 24%.  Three out of four Bristolians couldn't be bothered to get themselves down to the polling station and register their vote.  In one ward nine out of ten failed to attend!

I've said my piece about elections here and have nothing to add except that I reckon the fiercest opponent our mayoral candidates will face in November will not be one another, but voter apathy.

I wish them luck.  They'll need it!


  1. It seems quite surprising that so many people from Bristol didn't bother to turn out...

    We have a friend living in the city, who is also gutted.

    It will be interesting to see how things pan out & just hope that it will be a pleasant surprise.

    Kay :)

  2. I see that four candidates have now declared, only one of whom would get my vote. However it's early days.