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    Not me – Darryl did that so I am reading it for the first time over a cuppa!

    As a tangent I was pointed to this interesting post on the Save Plas Madoc Facebook page regarding the results and turnout https://www.facebook.com/groups/1388402681406725/permalink/1877799779133677/ and depending on your point of view the result there was either good / bad or indifferent. As you say, the winner there had 14% of the possible turnout and even less if you consider those who did not register to vote.

    However, you can only play the game infront of you and all that!

    I was quite vocal on that point, as I’d just seen Blackwell get voted in Live on the Wrexham.com video feed and really needed to vent. It has since thrown up interesting discussions across social media about not berating non-voters within areas perceived as deprived as there is an apparent disconnect between politicians and the ‘have-nots’ but I think that has always been the case. I think many people were unaware that there was a strong non-political type independent candidate standing in the ward but the message didn’t get across to the right number of people.

    I had followed the post up on Wrexham.com’s interesting article about where there was low voter turnout as the discussion had continued on there. There was a small positive note that the turnout in Plas Madoc for local elections had increased from just under 20% last time to 27% this time, which doesn’t look much, but does actually represent a 35% increase in turnout. Which means all the political activism surrounding the Leisure Centre has at least made a few people take a greater interest [or perhaps it was all the Wrexham.com election coverage ;)]

    https://www.facebook.com/wrexhamdotcom/posts/1275158345872245?comment_id=1275243585863721&notif_t=like&notif_id=1494524716012758

    So far though, the best thing I’ve had from all my online political rantings of late is an invite to the pub for a pint as apparently I need to get out more.


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    That being said, Labour on a national level are currently a joke. Their policies sound attractive, but are completely unworkable without substantially increasing the national debt. It’s more of a optimistic wishlist than an actual manifesto.

    Then there’s the Tories wonderful track record, increasing the national debt from just above £1trn when they came in in 2010 to £1.72trn this year, whilst achieving sweet FA. Mr Osbourne’s Austerity’s magic numbers machine. I don’t think Hammond’s grasp of numbers are very strong & stable either.

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    Matt
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    OMGG! Shef, isn’t a pick of us pair on the same page not enough?

    I very much imagine it’s something a bit like this:
    Waldorf and Statler Pimps


    Matt
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    I cannot bring myself to vote for Corbyn due to his views on Trident.

    Who do you want in charge to the keys to the nukes? Someone who has ruled out making a first strike nuclear attack, or a religious zealot who said they’d consider the nuclear option even if Britain was not under nuclear threat? Now I won’t be able to say I told you so if May in a state of needing sectioning decided to launch one as we’d all in fact be dead. We don’t need Britain’s poxy 120 or so operational nukes as we are more than covered by NATO membership & the powerful deterrent of the US’ 4,000+ nuclear stockpile.

    Rather than spending £200bn+ on renewing Trident on a fear of a mythical nuclear war that never materialised that only people who still think through rose tinted glasses that the UK is a major military power on its own, why not put that money to good use in the NHS directly saving lives and making a real difference. Think of the number of nurses and doctors the money could pay for, the number of A&E wards & maternity wards it could stop from closing.

    Because I can tell you now that the failure of the NHS will threaten far more lives over the next 50 years than any supposed nuclear holocaust. Yet those viewed as radical on these issues are the ones who want to focus money on things that save lives than things that have the potential to cause a major loss of life.

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    Matt
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    Ok Matt, I’m game …..

    But that would break the internet.

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    Matt
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    Wrexham.com tried a Q and A with the Leader of the Council. He did not reply.

    So we give up on something after 1 attempt in this life do we? I’m certain other more interesting people from around Wrexham would be more than happy to give a Q&A. People need to start thinking outside of the council and election box.

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    Matt
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    Although on a more constructive note, things I’d love to see more of on Wrexham.com would be articles like more user submitted contributions. I am pretty certain that there are a number of talented writers in the local area who could cover things of local interest such as the music scene, sports (oo err) and town life in general (where’s the best place to get a decent coffee from local businesses etc…)

    That and more interviews/Q&As with local people of interest. I remember that the town centre Inspector one was particularly engaging.


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    Yes, the Tories with wonderfully down to earth normal people like Desmond Swayne, who launched his campaign to get re-elected today with this photo.

    Swayne

    Not forgetting they have finally rolled out the old Bring Back Fox Hunting pledge. What a fantastic bunch.

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    Matt
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    I know, how dare there be some form of archive on the front page of news from the past week. Instead Rob should flood the page with linkbait articles such as “Gresford local slams Post Office on Twitter for giving out £10 change in new £1 coins” or “13 different ways you can use the Library field – number 5 will shock you”. That’s how news is reported today right?


    Matt
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    Let us the Electorate take time to ENSURE that our councillors have
    a vote, and use it on OUR behalf.

    I think closing door, horse, bolted and stable are words that spring to mind.

    This opportunity was on the table, last Thursday. What did the electorate do in general?

    i) voted in the status quo
    ii) didn’t bother to vote

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