Throwing down gauntlet ahead of elections

Mick Dennison. Pub Landlord. York Hotel, Morecambe.
Mick Dennison. Pub Landlord. York Hotel, Morecambe.

Can you believe it? In less than 64 days we will be voting for a new Government, both nationally and locally – have you seen your prospective Parliamentary candidates or ward councillors lately. I haven’t.

The news media are now working their selves up to a frenzy at the moment with stories every day relating to the election and the political parties; is it just me or are our local politicians campaigning by stealth?

To be fair to one party who hold their meetings in the York, I do get a handle on what they are about and they are using a local pub as an unofficial HQ.

To be fair to one party who hold their meetings in the York, I do get a handle on what they are about and they are using a local pub as an unofficial HQ.

It’s nothing new though. In the very early years of pubs and inns opening they were always seen as places of business for merchants, magistrates and politicians. What better places to test the opinions of the voters than in their preferred watering hole?

Nowadays, it seems politicians like to distance themselves from the hoi polloi and conduct their business in their preferred bunkers of safety rather than get out and meet the people in places they actually go. If any of our local politicians really want to get the ear of the licencing trade, for example, they only need to ask to speak during our monthly Pubwatch meetings.

People do say “never talk politics and religion in a pub”, however, that is difficult to achieve in this modern day of instant news on satellite TV and the newspapers’ insatiable appetite for looking into the minutiae of any political subject. Pub goers in the main are educated enough to read the papers, watch the news and then debate the issues over a pint.

So the gauntlet has been thrown down to our local politicians to get out there and meet the electorate on a more regular schedule than two days before voting takes place. You never know – you may actually get someone to vote for you.

By the way, I’m now on the road back to full health after being looked after brilliantly since May by the NHS – a story worth telling rather than the usual doom and gloom.