Friday 24 November 2017

Maurice Hayes: A lacklustre campaign all round has raised fears of a low turnout as the polls open in the North

Maurice Hayes

Maurice Hayes

IF there is a buzz in the air as the North goes to the polls today for two elections and a referendum, it reflects not great political excitement, but the sound of snoring as the electorate goes to sleep.

The referendum to change the voting system for Westminster elections from first past the post to Alternative Vote (a diluted form of Proportional Representation) has aroused zero interest in the North, where there has been no visible campaign on either side.

There is little enthusiasm either for the elections to select members for district councils which have long been scheduled for abolition as plans to reduce the number of councils from 26 to 11 cannot be much longer delayed.

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