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That said, I'm going to vote for Stoney Garnett because he wears a red hat and couldn't afford to get himself a spot in the booklet.
voting in Boris because he has funny hair.
Being as none of the likely candidates seem particularly great, I might as well try and help a pleasant enough sounding guy get his deposit back.
Moved house just as it was all getting put together so not registered. I have no idea who I would vote for anyway. I didn't even vote whether to have a mayor or not, I just couldn't decide either way.
Didn't know there was an election. Didn't even know mayoral elections were a thing outside London.
along with a load of other cities, as to whether we wanted a Mayor, Boris-style or not. Think everyone else voted no, we voted yes, and now we have to pick who.
Options are the political party affiliated ones, or George Ferguson, who i don't like but looks to be potentially winning this thing as an independent. Massive Attack have just got behind him.
After that is about a dozen mentals.
Massive Attack have backed George Ferguson, who is the Tobacco Factory empire guy but he seems like a self-aggrandising belm. The Labour candidate is a good egg called Marvin Rees but Labour have done fuck all for Bristol so I wouldn't vote for them, they will probably win though.
So this wasn't really on my radar until I walked past that box.
Basically people are falling for Ferguson because he is "independent", but I don't see how a guy with a load of local business interests, is any more impartial than a party affiliated guy. I also think he is a dick, who is only in it for himself, and his own business needs.
Labour are offering up the best of the mainstream parties, by miles, but as you say, Labour and Bristol doesn't feel like a happy marriage,
I'd encourage people to vote though, as whoever gets in, I reckon you are going to want to have an opinion when they start pissing you off.
And they wonder why there's going to be a low turnout.
And to be fair to the "oh god all of them are the same I'm not voting for any of them" brigade, there are a fuck load of independents who are all pretty unique, to choose from.
the first guy to win it was an "independent" who owned the local newspaper
I dunno. He seemed to do a pretty decent job when he was president of the RIBA - in particular in areas such as making the regional associations stronger and getting more opportunities for smaller practices.
He's a bit of an old-school architect, but he's always seemed keen to let other people who know what they're doing get on with things.
I just have a bit of a personal bee in my bonnet about him and his hypocrisy. Basically he loves independent retail and hates supermarkets, yet owns Bristol Beer factory who sell their beers in supermarkets (well, Waitrose at least). Happy to take his salaray in Bristol Pounds - well you can if you are already rich I guess, and as Moribund says, was a Lib Dem bod until very recently.
I also fucking hate the Canteen on Stokes Croft.
It'd be nice if it wasn't full of preening Hoxton rejects.
I do dig bringing knackered buildings back to life, but that one needs, say, a Mayor to get it knocked down and have something else built. It's hideous. Also, GF wasn't exactly supporting all the excellent local pubs when he opened that big bugger up.
Always got annoyed with my friends when they wanted to go to the Canteen instead of the Bell or Pipe and Slippers.
Yeah, let's have a post-ironic pint in an old office block instead of The Bell, The Pipe & Slippers, The Hare on the Hill, The Hillgrove, even the Bank is pretty good these days. But no, let's give old red trousers a few more quid.
is good these days?
i've always avoided it, but a few mates have been to
interesting sounding gigs there this year so i figured
something had changed with it
not sure it's enough to make me go back there though
what cider does it have?
but equally prepared to be on his back if he turns out to be bad. This is all kind of a step into the unknown for Bristol and I feel we sort of have to give this a try.
I'll be spoiling the Police Commissioner ballot though - this particular process shouldn't be politicised.
at 2/7 yesterday with Ferguson at about 5/1.
Also, didn't Ferguson only leave the Lib Dems a few months ago to be able to stand as an 'independent'?
I'm voting for the guy who really loves cars and thinks we need to prioritise cars in all their glory. Apparently he runs the Albion in Clifton. Rubbish.
that Bristol isn't designed for trams and monorails and cable cars and that we need to sort out the driving part, but yes, clearly nuts. Surprised his pub is the Albion - thought it was going to be the Bloody Bastard in Knowle or something.
But seeing as i didnt want a mayor, voting anyone seems fairly...meaningless (like i shouldnt be taking part, but seeing as i have to)...and the role seems to carry very little actual power or responsibility.
I think if this was clearer the whole process would be easier, and peeople would be able to work out who is their guy. When you have one guy saying he is going to build an arena bigger than the O2, and one saying he is getting Conchord flying again it all just makes you think they are all deluded.
not a fan of personality politics which is largely what it boils down to (Boris). I guess it might make city issues a little more prominent if you have a person clearly communicating issues and intentions - can you name the chief exec or leader of the council?
But how are we supposed to know anything about the candidates here?
I don't even know who is standing in my area, let alone what they stand for.
so is pretty easy to browse the candidates and take a view. The BBC has little 30 sec films that are a good start, and Bristol 24/7 has been pretty even in it's coverage of them all, even the crazy ones.
And the only area is Bristol, it isn't broken down into suburbs.
but am going to be massively affected by the decision i guess
as work in bristol
hope the winner is against btr2
is on a few agendas isn't it? That would be an instant house price increaser for sure, if someone pulled that off.
or rather don't really care about that but if it meant
there was a late train home so i could go to gigs &
drink i would be well pleased
not to mention how bad the traffic was before they added
the traffice lights on the roundabout on the a369
bit of a shame
there are so many mentals running for this.
....because "they are all the same"
Oh no they aren't- about 11 of them are insane.
No one seems too offence though, just a bit loopy, which in a way probably sums up Bristol a bit.
in the police commissioner elections. Still not sure why anyone thought they were a good idea.
people to vote as they were there anyway. What has actually happened is that they have got lost under the mayoral stuff so no one has a clue.
I need to do my entire research in the next hour...
Was selfishly forgetting they are doing them all over the place. Sorry.
Going to the second votes, but looks like GF has this.
i think more people might vote labour second than GF?
But a mate brighter than me pointed out that the Tory voters are unlikely to have voted labour second, GF is of course actually a Lib Dem so he probably has them, and all the rest were independent (or Green) too so GF probably has them too.
Smashing the political system apart by voting in a rich, white, in it for himself, former member of a political party.
Does he have the power to make everyone wear red trousers?
Just wish it wasn't him. Wish it was someone I believed was independent.