2016 (not) foretold: Newington
Every year I try and take a guess at what is going to happen in the coming year, this year is more challenging than most.
Not only is there a by-election this month with a seven-way contest but a lot of things I would normally write about could go either way.
Newington - your guess is as good as mine
Like most people, I like to play the game of guess the election outcome. This Newington Election has left me scratching my head, though. It's a seven-way fight with some serious candidates and issues to contend with. Worse still, it falls on a sleepy part of the year when it is generally too cold to actually get out and cast a vote.
For Labour and Conservative, this is an election about clawing back what they lost. For UKIP and the Democratic Independent gang this is about Manston and desperately trying to hold on to what they have left. Then there are Green, Liberal Democrats and true independent candidates too.
I've only met three of the candidates.
In the Green Corner, we have Ian Driver. No introduction needed. A local character who has been a councillor before and stood for MP last May.
In the Purple Corner, we have a fellow who I've had a coffee with. To be honest, I was supprised that he came down Purple. I can only hope it was because he was disillusioned with Conservative and Labour rather than being a closet racist - I'd like to be at least a bit right about the man.
In the Yellow corner, we have Jordan Williams. Jordan is the candidate that I know best. Last year he gave up almost every Wednesday Lunch time to come and walk around Dane Valley and help me get things sorted out. With his help, the Dane Valley RAG got potholes filled, graffiti removed, vandalism repaired and a whole host of other things taken care of.
Jordan comes from the Newington area and if I was to offer any advice on the election it would be that this man is a great choice.
As to who might win. Your guess is as good as mine.
How do you call it?