Caroline Lucas is consolidating her position in Brighton Pavilion. She has, as already stated in this blog, the Big Mo – Momentum. Nancy Platts continues to run a high profile and energetic campaign, impressing all by her personal and political style. Nevertheless, Caroline Lucas has the tide flowing with her, and the election remains hers to lose, although the Tory candidate, Charlotte Vere is getting herself known – and liked – and could yet pip Caroline at the post. Therefore, with greater certainty, this blog continues to urge all Labour and Lib Dem supporters, who do not want to see a Tory MP in Brighton Pavilion, and who want to ensure that the Conservatives do not have a Commons majority, to vote for Caroline Lucas on May 6th.
The situation in Brighton Kemptown is becoming a fascinating campaign, not because any candidate is making a strike for victory, but because none are! Simon Burgess, a decent man, not cut out for electoral politics, appears to have lost heart, demoralised from his defeat in the local elections almost 2 years ago. Apart from the occasional foray into the media, he is largely a shadow of a candidate. His website tends to focus on his activities in St James Street (largely irrelevant to the wider constituency albeit consisting of the most vocal of his patch – and the most fickle), and his activities within the Labour Party as Vice Chair of the National Policy Forum (certainly a turn off for the voters if ever there was one). There are 89 days to go and he is yet to make his mark.
Ben Duncan on the other hand, has a much higher profile, seems to be everywhere, and is about to boost his campaign with the launch of a new campaign website. His decision to take down his long standing blog has caused a number of the Blogerati to speculate that he has been ‘reigned in’. If that is the case, that decision is foolish. He is a lively, interesting, active candidate. There are two things that cause this blog to hesitate suggesting tactical voting for him: first, he will struggle to connect beyond the Muesli Belt and, even more than Simon, tends to focus on the Queens Park area; and second, the Greens are probably not robbust enough to run two campaigns in neighbouring constituencies. Their focus is on Brighton Pavilion where they almost certainly will pick up their first Westminster seat. But in doing so they show a lack of ambition. Or is it that nobody is allowed to challenge the great Caroline Lucas’ place in the spotlight ….?
As it stands, Simon Kirby is strolling into Parliament. I don’t know which campaign is the less feeble campaign, that of Simon Burgess or Ben Duncan. Which one is more ‘deserving’ of tactical votes? Perhaps you could post your views.
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