It’s election day here in the UK, for the European Parliament and in many places for local councils as well. Two years ago I stood for election to the local Borough Council, but was not elected. This year I am not a candidate, but I am helping with the election in various ways – taking a break just at the moment.
These elections have been overshadowed by the ongoing scandal over MPs’ election expenses. This has led to concern that certain extremist parties will gain extra support. The BNP has also caused controversy by suggesting that Jesus would support its policies. In response, as the BBC reports,
The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have urged voters not to let anger over the expenses scandal drive them to vote for the BNP …
Dr Rowan Williams and Dr John Sentamu said it would be “tragic” if people abstained or voted BNP at the local and European elections on 4 June.
I will agree with them by urging any of my readers who can vote in today’s elections to go out and do so. Polls are open until 10 pm.