Thursday, May 01, 2008
The big winner in London - Democracy
Whatever the result of London's elections, it seems the big winner will perhaps be the democratic process itself. Turnout across the Capital looks to be up, from all the reports being posted on the blogs. In my own ward in Eltham, I was manning the fort in a very Conservative polling district, and turnout is very high - queues at the polling stations, and 50 per cent of our known Conservative pledges having turned out by 8pm, which indicates the turnout may be even higher than the 50 per cent in the Borough elections in 2006. For a country which has seen turnout falling for years, that would be a good night for democracy.