Roman Bank Campaign 2014 – Tydd St. Giles
We made inroads into Tydd & Gorefield today. A smaller team than previously, probably due to it being Easter and all, but still a very good day.
We started in Tydd St Giles, canvassing all the central area of the village. Tydd St. Giles is probably the village where I know the most people and so I always enjoy walking around there and saying “Hi” to old friends. Usually, I know more people than anybody on a campaign team, having worked in the area for so many years. But not anymore. Literally, Sam Clark seems to know everybody. Awash with energy, she zig-zags from one side of the street to another, greeting people by their first name, introducing us to one of her relations, regaling us with tales of how she knows this person and that person. It’s a lot of fun!
We enjoyed refreshments in Gorefield and then moved on for a couple of hours there – but this wasn’t primarily a Gorefield day. Those are coming next week. So we stuck mainly to a few key areas where we know our support is strong. We’ll be back for a more thorough canvass shortly.
Nobody appears to have seen hide nor hair of the Lib Dems or Labour. Perhaps they are keeping their powder dry until the campaign has progressed a little? UKIP have been around somewhat, though I’m not picking up news of much activity and people’s enthusiasm for them appears to have waned. As one gentleman said to me today: “Every week there’s some new crazy thing they’ve said or done.” Quite. But they do maintain some die-hards, as you might imagine. One man told me he was: “Voting UKIP because there was going to be a mosque in Wisbech.” It’s rare that I’m stumped for words on the campaign trail, but that was a puzzler. How do you respond to that? I mean, as far as I know, Wisbech isn’t inundated with devout Muslims, but I could be wrong. Maybe they are hiding? Maybe they’ve got some secret plan to conquer us all. There is that big empty old Court House after all…. ;)
The Independent Candidate, Erbie Murat, has been seen here and there. A lady told me a very funny story about his visit to her, but since I have no way of confirming the truth of it, it would be improper for me to relate it. It did make me chuckle though.
We didn’t quite get a full day in because Sam had a function to attend and I needed to get back to the office and collate the data from the previous week. Also, my feet were sore. I’m out of shape! But by the end of this campaign I’ll be back to normal. Walking (what seems like) hundreds of miles has a way of sorting out your condition. Funny how nobody has thought of political campaigning as a new exercise regime. I think there’s something to be said for it.
There still a lot to do, but I’m pleased with the campaign so far. People seem very supportive of Sam as the local candidate. The fact that she is so well-known and -liked is a big help. People know that with Sam Clark they will be voting for a genuine, caring and compassionate local lady.