The West Midlands Mayor election was pretty terrible. The only candidate to actually try to win was Andy Street, the Conservative candidate. He leafleted me quite a lot and his activists accosted me at the rail station a few times. I heard absolutely nothing from any of the others.

Despite this, Andy Street’s campaign was dreadful. Nowhere in his literature did he explain why he’d make a good mayor or commit to any kind of course of action if he became mayor. This information is similarly missing from his website. His website is more interested in obtaining donations and obtaining voluntary work. The superficially promising “Andy’s Plan” menu option takes you to a sign up form to harvest email addresses(!).

He’s like the candidate who turns up to an interview who, when asked why he wants to work there or what makes him qualified, looks confused for a while before suggesting that maybe you could give him some money. Although at least he turned up, which is more than anyone else did.

If Andy Street wins I’ll be disappointed and if anyone else wins I’ll be equally – or more – disappointed.


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