Wakefield/Tiverton and Honiton: never mind the weather – GET OUT AND VOTE!

Why does the weather play such a crucial role in whether people bother to vote or not?

Having taken part in many elections, This Writer still has no idea.

But it is significant that a BBC report on the by-elections at Wakefield in Yorkshire and Tiverton and Honiton in Devon contained the following: “The weather is set to be warm and sunny in Wakefield, while the forecast is for a bright start followed by sunshine and showers in Honiton and Tiverton.”

The reason it makes a difference is that the Conservatives are always more likely to win in bad weather, because they regiment their voters into going out and supporting them, no matter what.

Labour voters (for example and by contrast) tend to stay at home and watch the soap operas if it’s a bit damp.

The good weather today (June 23) suggests that the Tories will get the drubbing in both constituencies that they deserve for continuing to support Boris Johnson despite his many corruptions.

Let’s hope so, eh? Because election results are the only polls that Tories really bother to notice.

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