Also have a look at their manifestos. Attend hustings. Ask them questions. Take advantage of any opportunity of direct communication with candidates and parties.
The media has so much influence, interests and their own agendas, it would be unwise to form views based on their portrayal and selection of “news”.
I have great respect for a couple of candidates here in Clwyd South, but some don’t even answer questions about policies that affect my family. One doesn’t live in the area and I know almost nothing about another as she doesn’t appear to meet with or speak to the public. They want to represent you and I, so it’s worth engaging directly with these people.
There are no proper hustings anymore , it’s all apply for tickets , submit questions before hand and no interaction with the audience. In days gone by politicians were not afraid of a bit of heckling or a frank exchange of views and very often turned it to their advantage.
Some of the leaflets make interesting reading, imagine a Plaid Cymru , Conservative coalition in the Assembly ( I did say imagine !) Plaid promises amongst other things to having a 1000 additional doctors and 5,000 nurses, pay off £18,000 of debt for students who work in Wales after graduating, a cut in business rates and more public contracts to go to Welsh companies. The Conservatives will set a cap on costs for the elderly and protect £100,000 of assets for those in residential care , together with free child care for 30 hours per week ensuring affordable and accessible support for families. Promises which together appeal to a wide age range of the electorate!
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