I’m not really very political, but I thought it would be interesting to get a bit hyperlocal and see how much of a web presence my local wannabe counsellors have. (The actual hyperlocal blog for my area — heathlands.us — seems more interested in organising a street party and setting up a pirate radio station…)
Peter Law writing in WalesOnline says about the Gabalfa lineup:
A difficult ward to call. Lib Dem incumbent Ed Bridges is well regarded and increased his share of the vote four years ago. Labour has a lot of ground to make-up, but may well snatch one of the two seats up for grabs.
Based on their engagement online, these are indeed the only two parties who seem to have any interest in this little ward.
Ed Bridges & Gareth Holden (Welsh Liberal Democrats)
The Liberal Democrat Focus Team seem to be the most organised online, but they have been serving the ward for many consecutive years (Cllr. Cathy Pearcy is standing down this year after a decade representing Gabalfa).
Clare Jones & Gerald Crocker (Welsh Labour)
Did you know that Harriet Harman visited Gabalfa earlier this year? Well I do now thanks to this active little blog (active compared with the competition anyway). Clare Jones also makes occasional use of Twitter.
Jonathan Owen Breeze & Purdey Miles (Welsh Conservatives)
Despite having two very distinctive names, I couldn’t dig up any kind of web presence for either of these characters. I’m not convinced they exist.
Brian Coman & Anthony Evans (Plaid Cymru)
Although they have a dedicated website for Plaid counsellors, no information about these candidates seemed to be available. I did unearth the neglected blog of a Marc Anthony Evans, who was a nursing student in 2008 and “interested in Politics and currently supporting Plaid Cymru […]. During 2007 I was very politically active helping Plaid Cymru with their campaign for the Welsh Assembly Elections.”
David Robert James Hamblin (Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition)
I could only find him on Facebook (he likes Orwell, Trotsky, Hendrix and The Very Hungry Caterpillar).
Ed Mason (Green Party)
As a bonus though, I found this little biography (presumably written by Ed himself) on the Young Greens website.
Ed is a recovering Lib Dem, having left the party to join the Greens in September 2010. There was no one reason for him leaving – just general dissatisfaction with the party and the Greens being better – but the whole thing about tuition fees didn’t exactly help much.
He is taking part-time courses in German and Italian at Cardiff University, and before this finished an MA in Philosophy there. He’s really trying not to become a perpetual student – he’s on the dole looking for jobs, and everything – but unfortunately without much success so far.
When not doing more important things, he can usually be found wasting time on the Internet, or playing Mario Kart.
He’s got my vote!
Potentially useful links
- Cardiff Council – persons nominated for election in Gabalfa, 2012
- WalesOnline / yourCardiff coverage of the 2012 elections. (I thought their election map was rather good.)
- Gabalfa on Wikipedia
- yourCardiff news in the Gabalfa area