Elections today may have the odd surprise to keep you on your toes

David Cameron and Nick Clegg

Don’t bite those nails!

England (and Anglesey) is voting today in local elections, both at the council and parish level (with a couple of mayors and one MP). That’s over 2,300 seats available. In may ways, local elections will have more of an impact on your life than full-scale general ones. So get out there and vote.

The BBC has a list of 10 very good reasons why you should and the Guardian has a great map to show you where all the contests are and how the land lies, plus good live coverage:

Local elections map 2013

There may be some interesting outcomes from this election. The Tories and Lib Dems are getting smashed, particularly as recent economic news hasn’t been good, but incumbents are always inordinately hated.

Labour will probably do quite well, particularly in urban areas where it has most of its support. The British National Party is promising “one or two surprises“, but don’t hold your breath. The UK Independence Party has been campaigning like mad and hopes to beat the Lib Dems to third place. And the Sun, which supported Labour under Tony Blair then the Tories under Cameron is staying desperately silent. Almost like owner Murdoch is in a huff. No idea why, since his papers can still pretty much do whatever they like.

Bottom line: you won’t be able to extrapolate to guess the results of the 2015 general election, but this one is shaping up to be interesting.


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