A blog by Luke Akehurst about politics, elections, and the Labour Party - With subtitles for the Hard of Left. Just for the record: all the views expressed here are entirely personal and do not necessarily represent the positions of any organisations I am a member of.

Friday, February 09, 2007

You know you are a bit over-involved in the Labour Party when...

Your child's bedtime is timed so they are asleep before the start of the CLP Executive meeting in your front room ... and after the meeting your partner says how good it is that your new home is "ideal as an election day committee room - just the right space for a pasting table for the Reading pads for each polling district".

4 Comments:

Anonymous Andrew Brown said...

Reading pads? Haven't you moved over to a laptop and a spewing printer yet?

2:38 pm, February 09, 2007

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The poor child...

4:46 pm, February 09, 2007

 
Anonymous andy said...

Honestly Andrew, as anyone who has run a committee room knows, reading pads are far better than the computer, because you can take in the situation 'at a glance' by casting your eye over where you have knocked up most and which pads have the most names crossed off. You can also have multiple people crossing off names in the busy voting periods in preperation for the big 7 - 8pm knock up. By contrast if you use a computer you are stuck trying to run stan analysis at the same time as you enter results, you don't have nearly the same amount of 'feel' for whats going on. Experienced agents/organisers like Luke and Linda are going to appreciate these subtleties....

1:30 pm, February 12, 2007

 
Blogger Luke Akehurst said...

Our regional office always told us never to use computers on polling day (or if we did only in a single ward by-election and then with manual Reading pads as a back up) in case of power cut or crash.

The reason why the Tories control Wandsworth Council is that the by-election for control of the council 20 years ago was lost when a local power cut knocked out Elpack on its first ever outing...

4:08 pm, February 12, 2007

 

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