Voters: It’s not smart to second-guess the result of this by-election!

This is bad news for smug Liberal Democrats who reckon they’ve got the Brecon and Radnorshire by-election as good as won.

It seems people on the doorstep have been assuring them of support – even putting their poster up in household windows – while actually planning to vote Labour.

That’s what This Writer is hearing on the street, anyway.

I’m told voters are sick to the back teeth of the constant barrage of canvassers hanging on the doorbell and leaflets banging through the letterbox. They don’t feel persuaded – they feel attacked.

Worse than that – the revelation that canvassers have been lying to voters, claiming that Labour isn’t even fielding a candidate in this by-election (his name is Tom Davies) has appalled people across the constituency.

I reported yesterday that a canvasser had been found spreading this lie in Cwmtwrch and Penycae, and steps are being taken to find out who is responsible and deliver appropriate punishment.

But it seems this person was not the only one.

“The same thing happened to me in Builth Wells, their canvasser told me there was no Labour candidate standing. Shameless lies. Well there is, his name is Tom Davies and he gets my vote,” wrote a commenter on Facebook.

I’m also hearing of similar occurrences elsewhere.

So now it seems those who thought the result was a foregone conclusion are mistaken. And people who have been persuaded to lend the Liberal Democrat their vote – in the belief that it will stop Tory Chris ‘The Convict’ Davies and Brexiteer Des Parkinson – have been misled.

Many of these voters have been encouraged to vote for Jane Dodds because of peer pressure – they’ve been told she’ll win anyway and want to support the winner.

Now it isn’t so simple. Or is it?

Everybody seems to have forgotten one simple fact:

The aim of a Parliamentary election should be to put someone in Parliament who is the best representative for the people of the constituency.

If you don’t think that person is Jane Dodds, then don’t vote for her! It really is that simple. More so, now that we’ve seen her campaign is a tissue of cynical, manipulative lies.

In fact, if you want to support a ‘Remainer’ candidate, Labour’s Tom Davies is a better choice. His party is campaigning for a new referendum on EU membership, with remaining in the bloc as one of the choices available – and he will campaign to remain.

So remain-supporting voters in Brecon and Radnorshire have a choice between Ms Dodds – who will be able to achieve nothing as her party’s representation in Parliament is too small – or Mr Davies, who would join the main Opposition party to the Brexiteer Tory government.

Mr Davies is the logical choice. Let’s see how many voters realise that.

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1 thought on “Voters: It’s not smart to second-guess the result of this by-election!

  1. Simon Cohen

    As you know Mike, Lib Dem = Smug. They only do ‘smug’, ‘smug’ is their default setting which is why it was so easy for them to allow 120,000 people to die.

    Ms. Dodd’s sounds like she fulfills the criterion.

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