The People’s Republic of Moreland has elected its first ever Socialist!
I’m rather proud that she was in my crazy, crazy Ward (actually, I helped vote her in, on the grounds that she is the first sane socialist I’ve seen in ages and this should be encouraged. I didn’t expect it to work). I suspect she benefited mightily from the donkey vote, as I’ve never seen a member of the Socialist Alliance poll 10% before (or more than about 4%, if that).
We also got a Green, a Liberal (an animal rarely seen in Moreland) and an ALP member (usually we get three… their strategy of putting 9 different ALP members on the ticket and then all snarling at each other in public forums didn’t work so well for them).
Of course, if Informal had been allowed onto the Council, he or she would probably have one, as the informal vote was 16%, more than any individual candidate managed to poll on first preferences. I think people lost count or lost interest.
On the bright side, we didn’t get the really crazy woman with the evil emails and name-stealing or any of that. On the less bright side, we didn’t get Mo, the standup comedian, who would surely have been the perfect addition to this council…
According to the electoral commission, we were a particularly complicated electorate to count. Who would have thought?
I do wonder what brought this on, though. Local politics is usually much more sedate and boring than this.