Canvassing in Camp Hill today was a very positive experience.
We did not see activists from any of the other parties but we did see three ‘Hope Not Haters’ (hopeless haters as I prefer to call them) who were obviously not from this area because they were relying quite heavily on a map. Candidate Alwyn Deacon simply had to call across the road, “Hello there”, for their heads to drop and the rate of scurrying to increase. The term ‘great unwashed’ could have been coined for these individuals.
If they or any of their ilk are readers of this blog I would like to say two things. Firstly don’t! Secondly, if you still are please thank your friends from me personally. I am quite convinced that every single time these reprobates have been seen distributing their hate filled lie sheets in Nuneaton and Bedworth we have gained votes from them. Ironically it was only a few minutes before seeing them that I mentioned to Alwyn that we had not attracted the attention of the third party leafleters on this campaign.
Only moments later I was laughing at the contents of their lie sheet with local residents who wondered why they bothered delivering it at all.
Remember me saying that it was a positive experience? Oh yes indeed. Throughout the session we only had the one, “No”, between us to record on the canvassing sheets. There were plenty of, “Yes’s”, recorded and many more possible. The ones that always get to me are the people who are not going to bother. Do not tell me that! Former generations and the suffragettes in particular will be revolving at a slightly higher rate than they were before.
Camp Hill, as is the case throughout the realm, is more multicultural than it has been in the past. It did not surprise us but I can think of a few people who I would love to have seen the people who qualify for the ‘Black and Minority Ethnic’ description on many forms (divisive and hateful term if ever there was one) speaking to us quite amicably on the doorstep. No revulsion, stigmatism or abuse at all. Just discussion about the issues of the day. Not something that the Labour party in particular wish to discuss.