So we’ve got the blurb from county, and a few bits and bobs from one or two candidates, but basically, trying to figure out what the point of this one is, feels like an endeavour for the legendary Sisyphus.
For a start, it’s a non sequitor, since we’re [ahhrehm] actually situated south of the Tyne, aren’t we? That is to say, everybody in this part of the East and West Allen river valleys, which ultimately follow up from the south to join with the Tyne to the west of Haydon Bridge. So, maybe they needed a simple kind of generality, so okay, but it’s still fair to ask: what’s a ‘mayor’ do when they’re in charge of a whole region?
I guess we’ll find out, won’t we? No doubt the voting kiosk has already been safely delivered to Allendale Village Hall (we have our own Polling Station at Sinderhope Community Centre now, which has taken over from the old station at Sparty Lea Methodist Chapel), and all the preparations are probably well enough in hand. For a turnout variously estimated to be something in the region of 10-20%. I’m just not sure that people really care about this one, to be honest.
Word in Allendale area notices had it that the ‘mayor’ (I feel like the role is more of the sort you’d call a governorship, somehow, since ‘mayors’ deal with cities, but they didn’t ask me 😉 . . .) word has it anyway that the mayor may have a singularly free hand to commission new housing. I wasn’t quite sure how the successful candidate would raise the funds to pay for the housing, though? Still, a happy thought for areas where local affordable housing is desperately needed.
But, it’s an election, and as such, it’s an event in participatory democracy, here in Allendale and its environs, and somehow, it feels like, if we can, we really should vote. Quite what the job entails, how it’s all going to fly further along down the political road, is a job for another psephologist. But not, this time, for me.