In order to help understand the elections tomorrow I am explaining them to myself in church terms (Warning: could be badly wrong and misleading).
So, we have:
- Local Council = Deanery Synod
- County Council = Diocesan Synod
- Parliament = General Synod
- European Parliament = The Anglican Communion
If there is a low turnout at the elections it will be because what is happening is not explained properly anywhere. The polling card that I have just discovered under the rubble of paperwork in the kitchen says that the ‘counting area’ is for ‘Basildon District Council’, but the leaflets that have come through the door all say ‘Essex County Council’. Perhaps they are one and the same, making my fourfold explanation above meaningless.
The European Elections are not mentioned at all, except in the small print. The European ballot paper is yellow – pass on this information to friends and relatives.
I am hoping that someone will explain it all to me, otherwise I will have a sleepless night.