Local Council elections take place on Thursday 2 May this year and not only have party political leaflets been dropping through my door, but the local branch of the Lib Dems have also been rather busy on local streets getting residents to put up signs encouraging others to vote for their local candidate. I'm not sure if it's because the other parties haven't made an effort yet, or if everyone round here is planning to vote Lib Dem, but at present they're the only ones I've seen and with the orange colout they do seem to stand out well, especially on a slightly dreary day like today.
When I walk Little Miss C home from nursery it's often a great opportunity to chat to her about a million and one different things. I love this time with her as I never know quite what we're going to end up talking about. The walk is always a slow one as she stops every few steps to make some observation or another. Today she couldn't help but notice these signs and as expected she asked what they were.
I explained that they were put up to encourage people how to vote in the elections that we were soon to have. She thought about this for a while, with one of those puzzled experssions on her face that many toddlers have when trying to get their head round a new concept. Her response when it came was one of those things that make me love my little girl more and more every day.
"Mummy – why don't they just vote for me in the elections?"
Oh if only they could! A toddler sitting on the local council would certainly shake things up. I'd see motions put forward to make chocolate a mandatory part of all school dinners, campains for extended opening hours for the local splash park and the city centre pavements being re-designated so that scooters take priority over pedestrians. Let the toddlers loose on Government and I'm pretty sure things would change. After all most toddlers I know make very good use of the NHS so I can't see any of them killing it off.
LMC's ideas about a career in politics quickly passed though and before I knew it I was busy having to explain why birds sometimes have poos on walls and why the mummy birds don't come along with a scrubbing brush to clean it all up. Still, I'm pretty sure she'd be getting my vote if she did stand.