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General Election 2017: Be Nice Please

Even I'm getting fed up with it ...



This is the last blog post before the snap General Election. I have to say it doesn't feel much like a 'snap' one to me as it just seems to go on and on and on ...

I'm glad the General Election will be over in three days, even I'm getting fed up with it ...

I'm glad the General Election will be over in three days, even I'm getting fed up with it ...

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What was predicted as a boring election has proved far from dull. Sadly it's been overshadowed by terrorist atrocities, but as all parties agree, it must go on, as to delay it would play into the hands of the terrorists.

"Some polls predict a close call for the Conservatives, although the difficulty with the polls is that they are so varied."

If you follow YouGov, it looks like a hung Parliament, and if you follow ICM then it's a landslide Conservative victory, so in the end, people just follow the one that puts their party in the best light, which is a bit fruitless. Personally, I follow the bookmakers, not least as I understand their world whereas I don't have a clue as to how pollsters work.

The bookies are still all odds on for a clear Conservative win, but not the majority the Prime Minister was clearly after. But, as I always point out, the bookies can be wrong, though they are usually pretty close as they look at it purely with a financial eye.

If they give wrong odds on the General Election, they are in danger of losing money, and so having studied it closely. I come to the conclusion that although they are taking about the same amount of bets on both major parties they still have it in favour of a Conservative win, and the last Ladbrokes man I spoke to said he thought it was an 80% chance that there would be a 70 seat Tory majority.

I don't think it'll be that big, and anyway, all I put on was £20 on Labour when they were 20/1. They are now 12/1, so I'm not holding out much hope of my £400 profit ... but who knows?

"Anyway my blog post this week isn't to convince you to have a punt on politics. It's more of a plea for decency."

I've noticed a significant amount of spitefulness on this election with people getting very abusive towards each other on social media, and it just shouldn't be like that.

Both parties have things I agree and disagree with. That's politics. Both have told porkies to endear themselves to you. That's politics. It's always happened and always will. Because that's politics.

The Conservatives may win, Labour may win, or it may even be a hung Parliament. Personally, I would like to see one main party or the other win by a small majority, so they can do things but can be held to account by the opposition.

But whoever wins, don't keep the antagonism going to those who voted a different way. Whoever gets in is going to have one hell of a problem on security alone given what we're seeing at present, and would need support rather than hatred.

"By all means have a gloat if your side wins, and a bit of a rant if they don't, but keep it to half a day and then move on."

There are more urgent things to attend to than petty political bickering on Facebook and Twitter, so get it into perspective and thank your lucky stars that we are living in a country where we can kick the government out every 5 years.

And be glad that it'll be over in three days as even I'm getting fed up ... and I usually enjoy them.

Until next time ...


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More about David Pibworth ...

David is the owner of David Pibworth Productions who provides entertainment for theatre and corporate events. This ties in very well with The Arches Theatre, an outside venue that David owns underneath a disused railway line, equidistant from Bedford, Northampton and Milton Keynes. This was one of the few venues that could operate with social distancing in place during the summer of 2020 and where they ran everything from Shakespeare to Richard Digance through the summer months.

David has been involved in light entertainment for many years, even going back as far as working on a production with Norman Wisdom in London. He has a knack of keeping in touch with everyone he's worked with and would bring such people as Chas and Dave, Kenny Ball and Acker Bilk round to play locally when the chance arose.

His company also represent the stage rights for Ray Galton and Alan Simpson, the writers of Steptoe and Son and Hancock's Half Hour. He has recently negotiated permission with Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais to produce Porridge on stage although this is all hampered by the current situation and the availability of theatres.

Next year, at the Arches Theatre, he will produce Ripping Yarns, written by Michael Palin and Terry Jones. This will be an interesting production as not only does one episode involve playing a football match, but also with the agreement of Michael Palin and the wife of the late Terry Jones, it has been decided that all the profits on this production will go to a dementia charity as Terry Jones died as a result of dementia, as did David's father and uncle.