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Don't really wanna type this all out on my phone (my touchscreen typing is getting worse lately if anything, and I swear SwiftKey is trying to make me look stupid on purpose: last night I thought I tweeted "I missed Doctor Who" but no, it said "I kissed Doctor Who" which made the grumpiness in the rest of the tweet rather inexplicable) but Andrew's got my laptop, and I've got words to get out of my head before I can sleep, so...

I should have the laptop back tomorrow. Andrew's will hopefully work with the replacement part we bought for it, which turned up today. Stuart was kind enough to spend all Friday afternoon and evening trying to fix it. He even soldered the broken part together two or three different ways to see if we could avoid having to get a new one, but his valiant efforts were to no avail. We did get through several cycles of "it should be fine!"/"no, it's fucked!"/"no, wait, this might do it!" which honestly was exhausting even for me and I didn't so anything except make the tea and occasionally hold something still. But Stuart said he enjoyed the process.

So I'll take the new part over, where I left the rest of his laptop the other day, tomorrow. But most of the rest of this week I think I'll be helping Andrew be front-of-house at the local Lib Dem HQ.

What had been a by-election HQ staffed with actual staff (and volunteers) has now been handed back to the local party, just volunteers. I was sitting in a meeting this evening thinking I really enjoyed being a small cog in the big machine, who could just do things and not have to make decisions. Now I'm the same size cog and the machine is...not exactly smaller but moving more slowly.

But we're still just as ambitious. We're focusing on getting through the original May 4 elections first, particularly because there's a council by-election in our constituency (maybe John Leech will get some company as the opposition on the council!) as well as the Greater Manchester mayoral election that day. I'd really love Andy "I'm so convinced I'll win I'm not standing to defend my parliamentary seat a month later" Burnham not to win. Particularly since he seems to have affectations instead of a personality, and his affected northernness is to hate foreigners and call coffee posh.

So anyway, Andrew has said he'll be front-of-house, i.e. make sure there's a human there all day long so when people turn up to volunteer or ask questions or whatever, there's someone who can help them. He reckons that he can sit there with a laptop as easily as here, and is pleased that something he can do will be such a big help to the campaign (most of the obvious ways to help involve things he finds hard or impossible).

But this will inevitably involve some help from me: the one part of this he will struggle with is getting going in the mornings, so I'm actually going to open up and probably do the "until-lunchtime" shifts. Starting tomorrow! So while there's more to talk about, I should try to sleep.

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Date: 2017-04-24 04:42 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] matgb
call coffee posh

It's worse than that, I think: it's a peculiar attitude found in some insular English communities in that any coffee not made from godawful instant is "posh coffee", even Gold Blend is a bit too 'posh' for this sort of attitude, and coffee you get made by a barista is definitely way over the acceptable poshness line.

Given that you get this sort of coffee in both Greggs and McDonalds these days I have zero clue who Burnham thought he'd be appealing to making that line: guarantee he's had more than a few lattes in his time.

He's become a parody of himself, and he'll make a godawful mayor, I hope Jane's campaign are managing to get across how the voting system works to pull in potential swing voters, the London campaign never did.

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Date: 2017-04-24 01:24 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] theandrewhickey
Sadly, I don't think Jane's campaign has even *mentioned* the voting system -- though most of what I've delivered for them has been JACKIEohyesandjane stuff, so that may not be the case in other constituencies.
And yeah, given that you can get decent-quality ground coffee *at Iceland* now (Costa-branded, even), I don't think all his "bloody lah-di-dah Southerners with their non-foul-tasting beverages, what's wrong wi' t'cup o' t'coal in't'hot water?" schtick is going to impress many people...

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Date: 2017-04-26 10:38 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] diffrentcolours
Basically we're saying "Give Jane your first preference. If you can't do that, give her your second."

Because it's SV not AV, and we're pretty much tied for second with the Tories, we have to make sure we get into the top two - Green etc. supporters giving us their second prefs doesn't actually help us unless we do.

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Date: 2017-04-24 08:49 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] miss_s_b
*hug*

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Date: 2017-04-24 07:30 pm (UTC)
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Best of luck with the by-election!

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