After a bit of a break, it’s back to the analysis. So how did Penarth a’r Byd do?
|Bablin Molik||Lib Dem||2,103||10.8||9|
|Andrew Jordan||Socialist Labour||235||1.2||1|
Let’s start with the ones I got right: more or less spot-on with Labour, Socialist Labour and Communist (although I actually said less than 1% for the latter two).
The Conservatives fared worse than envisaged by 4%. We can combine this with the surprisingly good performance of UKIP (2% better than foreseen) to suggest that UKIP captured more disaffected Conservative voters than I’d thought likely.
The Lib Dems managed 2% more than I’d given them credit for, and Plaid a shade over 2% less, which accounts for them trading places in the final run-in.
And the Greens got rather close to retaining their deposit, with their highest ever result in this constituency, 3% more than I’d thought likely.
So overall I’m fairly pleased with the predictions. I’ll be looking at what the results mean for the different parties in the coming months.
The other thing I’m moderately pleased about is my attempt to get candidates to send their electoral material, using the carrot of an electoral address. Only two candidates declined the invitation to take part, while the tardiness of two others in complying with the terms and conditions meant they received a much shorter publication window.
But for the four quickest off the mark – Plaid, Greens, Labour and Socialist Labour – it’s hats off for your commitment to democracy.
The plus side of this type of deal is that instead of relying on you, dear readers and contributors, the pamphlets come straight from the aspiring politicians.
The downside is that once their electoral address is published, the candidates’ commitment to complying with the terms became ropy or even non-existent. I’m looking at you, Mr MP.
But I think it’s a good, workable model for the future – here’s to the next election!
Finally, it’s worth confessing that Penarth a’r Byd became overwhelmed by electoral literature and in the end although we published a critique of most of them, we couldn’t do them all.