In the pursuit of Liam Gallagher tickets…. 

Few things beat the thrill of going to see your favourite band or singer live, and I’ve been fortunate enough to have seen some great acts in the past, and unless Morrissey and Marr patch things up, I’ve seen all my favourites, that are still alive anyway. But recently it’s become more of a struggle getting tickets and more and more genuine fans are missing out because of the cancer that is ticket touting.

As you were


If you didn’t know, Liam Gallagher is back. So far we’ve had three belting new tracks and a string of good reviews of his festival appearances all on the back of his surprise, and show stealing, appearance at the One Love Manchester concert. All this has lead to quite a lot of hype surrounding him and his upcoming tour. So I was expecting a scramble for tickets, but don’t worry! Pre-order my album and get pre-sale said Liam, well that would’ve been great if they didn’t sell out in 30 seconds, don’t worry he said, there’s another pre-sale tomorrow, 30 seconds again. So on to general sale, come on Daniel you’ve never failed to get tickets before, 30 seconds later, sold out. The thing is, I didn’t get tickets, and I felt aggrieved, I mean I pre-ordered the album with you! Where’s my fucking tickets! But at the end of the day, so did a lot of other people, as the phrase goes, demand simply outweighed supply. But what really sticks in the throat is what happens after they sold out.


Touts


Back in the day, you would always have touts stood outside venues buying and selling tickets at a huge profit, praying on those unlucky not to get tickets but willing to pay over the odds to get in, and this still exists, but this profiteering is nothing to the problem that exists online. Within seconds of a concert selling out, resale websites have the same tickets listed for eye-watering amounts, it happens every time, and it’s this that really hacks off the fan that missed out. Those tickets should have gone to people who wanted to go to the gig, not people who want to make money from selling them.


Ticketing companies


So what are the ticket companies doing to stop it? Short answer? Nothing. The problem is that the re-sale sites are often owned by the ticket company in the first place, Get Me In is a perfect example, this is the re-sale site owned by Ticketmaster. Liam Gallagher pre-sale was done through Ticketmaster, a thoroughly frustrating experience of proving you’re not a robot simply to find out someone else did it a fraction of a second quicker, only to see them on Get Me In immediately after for upwards of 200 quid. How are Ticketmaster not embarrassed by this? They have let the tickets they have sold go to touts, and have then provided them a legitimate means to sell them on at a huge profit, depriving proper fans. The answer I suppose lies in the fact that they take a cut of any re-sale, thus effectively taking twice for the sale of one ticket, this is criminal, or it should be. So you can see, while this is still legal, why would the ticket companies stop it?


Government


So what is the government doing about it? Simple answer? Not a lot. The problem has been discussed by those in power, and the solution they came up with was to make the use of ticket buying software illegal. Making drugs illegal doesn’t stop people using them, making unpaid TV streaming illegal hasn’t stopped people doing it. To stop people doing it, you have to remove the market. If the law stated that tickets for events could not be re-sold for more than 10% over face value, you would immediately make it a lot more difficult to touts tickets. The ability to sell tickets on is important, things happen and people can’t make make the gig, but in this circumstance, being able to sell them with 10% on top would allow for booking fees delivery etc and the seller isn’t out of pocket and the buyer isn’t paying massively over the odds for the privilege of going to the gig.


The Artist


Could the artists do more? I think they could. They could apply more pressure on their management who in turn could pressure the ticket companies to do more about it. Ed Sheeran and his team have made commendable efforts to try and do something, by barring entry to those who bought tickets to his tour from re-selling websites and more could do the same to highlight the issue. I also think musicians could do more to work along side people like Twickets, a re-seller who only list at face value, or DICE who offer an electronic ticket service which are non transferable.


In the end I got some tickets for Liam Gallagher, thanks to my good pal Nath, not great ones, but I’m going and he didn’t pay more than face value, but there will be plenty who weren’t as lucky who will pay the money, and thus feed the machine. I understand this isn’t the greatest problem currently facing the world, but my frustration comes from the fact that it could so easily be sorted out, or at least made much better.

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Lets call time on the tribal dance

I’m sick and tired of the childish tribalism in British politics, its about time we grew up and adopted a less confrontational system. I believe we need a more representative system that forces cooperation between parties, not the one we have now which promotes fighting against each other.

The house of commons sums up what I hate about British politics, one group of people sits on one side, whilst the rest sit opposite and oppose everything. I’m right, you’re wrong, you say this, therefore I must disagree. And the main attraction, Prime Minister’s questions, is a freak show of goons shouting, arguing and carrying on like children at a party with too much sugar and e numbers. Its embarrassing. It sets a really bad example, its almost like the louder, more obnoxious and more unreasonable you are the more qualified you are to be a politician. Debate is healthy, but only when it is a proper debate where all sides respect each other and act like adults. Is it any wonder that we have such a divided nation at the moment? We’re encouraged to take sides and no quarter is given.

We need a system that forces cooperation and in my opinion the answer in Proportional Representation. To start with, PR is a much fairer way of electing representatives, each vote counts and the country would actually get what it voted for. Inevitably it would lead to a more diverse range of parties winning seats too, and this would mean less chance of overall majorities, and a much higher likelihood of coalition governments, meaning forced cooperation and the country’s views being better represented by those in power. No overall majorities would also mean the extremes at either end of parties couldn’t get there way because cooperation would mean that a consensus view would have to be found, where a more moderate and sensible course of action is more likely to prevail.

Don’t believe the main parties when they tell you PR is bad because it causes weak government. Its crap. Their interest is in first past the post because it maintains their position at the top of the system, its a position forged from self interest not the peoples. The most recent coalition in British politics was obviously the Conservative Liberal Democrat one of the last government, was it unstable and un able to govern? No. The fact is that both parties had to cooperate and compromise, most commentators predicted that it would be a mess that wouldn’t last the term, but it did, and without any major fractures to threaten it. What did happen is that the extremes of each party were kept in check by the other side and we got a better government for it. I accept that many models of PR don’t allow for the constituency link with MP’s, but I’m sure a way could be found, we’re bright people, and with stronger devolution and more accountability locally, this wouldn’t matter so much.

The recent EU referendum has split the country, almost down the middle, band it has also showed the major parties are both deeply divided and unable to deal with issues that cut across part lines. Effectively there are two Tory Parties, the right wing Eurosceptic one, and the more centrist liberal one. These two groups share many values and indeed have much in common, however the fact is that the viciousness displayed throughout the campaign highlighted the divisions that existed before and will exist after. PR would allow for a split. One of the reasons that people who don’t really fit in a party still join, is because they want power, and in the first past the post system, nine times out of ten only one party is in power. A split in party would allow MPs the breathing space to be able to act more on their convictions and stand for what they actually believe, and PR would allow coalitions to be formed where common ground could be united.

Politics is too tribal, and I think the public are getting tired of it. The way politicians conduct themselves is important, they are asking us to trust them to make decisions which are in our best interests, but more often than not they act in a way that makes you think they are in it for the laugh, like its all a big game where points are scored for how well you can wind the opposition up. So lets end the tribal dance and work together to make politics work for us.

Why I’m Standing For Election

This year I have decided to stand for election to the local council as a candidate for Yorkshire First. I have never done this before and I want to outline why, and what I intend to do in the unlikely event enough people vote for me to win.

Anyone who has read my blog will have a good idea of what I politically stand for, in case you haven’t, here goes. I believe there is a great democratic deficit in this country, our vote doesn’t always count, and the power in the country is concentrated too centrally, in too few hands. The Westminster government, based in London, is too far away from the rest of the UK, and its decision making process often ignores the needs of the different regions. At Yorkshire First we see a future where Yorkshire is able to stand up for its self, and make more decisions to be able to affect local communities, without the say so of national government. We also believe in the Bell Principles, a set of beliefs that politicians should be more open, honest and prioritise the needs of their voters over themself or their party. This is something I am passionate about.

So why stand? Well I suppose its about time I put my name next to the things I believe in, and the more people that I can tell the better. Do I expect to win this time? Honestly, no, but I felt I really wanted to give the people of Northowram and Shelf a different option to what they’ve had before. The ward currently has three Tory councillors, is this a good thing? Only if you are a Tory supporter. I believe in more voices being heard in politics, and would love a more representational voting system, but unfortunately we dont have that, so giving people as much choice as possible is essential.

So what would I do if I won? Well, the short answer is, I’d listen. I have only lived in Northowram for two years now, and in that time I’ve just about got to know my neighbours, where the pub is and what the bus timetables are, but it didn’t take me long to know I wanted to make this the place I settled and raised a family. So I’m a new comer to the village, and a total outsider to Shelf, therefore I’m not going to pretend that I know everything that needs addressing in the ward. What I’d see my role as councillor would be that of someone who listens to the people who know best, the people who live and work here, and represent them, addressing the concerns they have and not serve any narrow agenda a central party could impose.

If you’re sick and tired of the same old parties, and the same old politics, and you fancy something different, then I’d love it if you voted for me in the upcoming local election. A vote for me is a vote for Yorkshire.

Cricket, is anyone watching?

The last year has been an interesting year for English Cricket. An Ashes win, away Test, ODI and T20 series wins, the number one batsman and bowler in the world, a new record runs scorer and wicket taker, a disastrous World Cup, the messy and unnecessary KP business and record breaking County Champions. And how much of it have I watched? Almost none. Now this isn’t because I don’t like cricket, I love it. Its not because I haven’t been in the country either, or that I’ve been abducted by aliens. It’s because I dont have Sky.
Sky Sports has a monopoly on cricket. All England tests, home and away, all England ODI and T20 matches, the World Cup, the T20 World Cup, the IPL and all domestic cricket. What is the non Sky subscribed fan left with? Highlights of England’s home games on Channel 5 and Test Match Special on the wireless. This level of monopoly wouldn’t be tolerated in any other business, or even any other sport. The EU stepped in to force the Premier League to share its Football rights with other broadcasters, and the UK government supposedly safeguards its ‘Crown Jewels’, meaning that events like the Grand National or the Football World Cup must be shown live on terrestrial television. So why not Cricket? I’m not talking about all cricket, but things like Ashes test matches, the World Cups or T20 finals day, this sort of thing should be free to air.
In Australia, the Big Bash League is big business. Great cricket played in front of packed out stadiums with all the big names, and best of all? Its all free to watch, prime time on terrestrial TV. The ECB could learn much. The question the ECB has is does it want cricket in England to be a wealthy, Sky TV dominated minority sport, or a sport that is more accessible to the general public? The main protagonists of the 2005 Ashes series are household names, Kevin Pietersen, Freddy Flintoff, Michael Vaughn etc. and these players have inspired a generation of cricketers, I remember watching that series along with millions of others, some not cricket fans, but people who were drawn in by the drama. My worry is that the current players can’t do that because no one, who isn’t already a fan and can afford Sky subscription, is watching.
The BBC Sports Personality of the Year isn’t the be all and end all in sport, it is largely a popularity contest skewed by block voting, but the shortlist is still a pretty good gauge as to what sporting personalities have captured the imagination of the nation, so with no widespread coverage of cricket is it a surprise that no cricketers made the list? No Joe Root, the number one batsman in the world, who’s had a great year, no James Anderson now England’s leading test wicket taker of all time and no Alistair Cook, England’s record test runs scorer and Ashes Winning Captain, nor is there a place for the record breaking County Champions Yorkshire in the team category. Now all of these you could debate should or shouldn’t be on the list, but if they were shown on the BBC live, I guarantee at least one of them would be. And this is where Cricket is missing out, the exposure gained by terrestrial TV coverage would surely count for much more than the money Sky is strangling the competition with.
I’m not anti Sky. The money that they pay has transformed sports like Football and Darts for example, the problem is the monopoly it has over cricket. The football World Cup, FA Cup and England games are all free to watch, and Premier League and Football League highlights are on every week. Now I don’t expect cricket to challenge football as the number one sport, but why can’t it have a slice of the pie? I don’t want cricket to be a minority sport, I want for people to be excited asking ‘did you watch the cricket today?’ Not ‘is there even any cricket on?’, I want more people to see Ben Stokes smash the ball to all areas and Stuart Broad destroying batting line ups. So come on ECB be brave and make a decision that will widen the appeal of the game we all love.

The people have spoken, well, some of them have

The 2015 General Election was meant to be the most unpredictable and tightly fought contests in British political history. Neither Labour or the Conservatives were going to get a majority, we were told, and there was going to be weeks and weeks of negotiating over deals and coalitions with all the smaller parties fighting to secure some kind or influence, including UKIP, who were going to make a breakthrough and win seats. What happened was not this.  As we know the Conservatives won a majority, UKIP lost a seat, and the Lib Dems were all but wiped out, in an election that surprised many and disheartened many more. There was one electric shock to the system however, Scotland turned yellow. The SNP managed to win nearly all the seats north of the boarder, sending Labour in particular back to England with their tail tucked firmly between their legs. This result has thrown up some serious questions about our political system, questions that the new Government will need to address.

A Tory majority?

The way our parliament works, and the fact that the Conservatives have a majority of seats, means effectively they can do what they want for the next five years. Fair enough I hear you say, they got a majority you say, well not exactly. In large parts of the country they didn’t get anything like a majority. Scotland is almost a Tory free zone, as are large parts of the north of England, so effectively they have the power to do what they want, even in areas that overwhelmingly voted for something else. This is a problem. It means that whole regions of the UK have zero representation when it comes to decisions that are made that effect their daily lives. If there were more powers at a local level this wouldn’t matter as much, because areas where certain parties are stronger would be able to elect the people they wanted to make more decisions that matter to their lives. This is the case in Scotland where they have a parliament of their own that can counter the fact there is a government in Westminster they don’t like or want, why not give other areas in the UK this opportunity? Many people in England are now starting to ask this question.

#takeuswithyouscotland?

#takeuswithyouscotland has been very interesting, for two reasons, firstly that large numbers of northern English twitter users would seemingly identify themselves with the Scottish more than they do with the south of England and secondly that lots of Scottish tweeters are very sympathetic, some even encouraging the idea. I don’t want the north of England to join Scotland, I don’t in any way feel Scottish, however I definitely feel closer in many ways to those north of the border than I do with many of my supposed countrymen in the south of England, I think the same could be said for Wales, but I also feel English in many ways too. The thing is my Englishness is secondary to my Yorkshireness and I don’t feel like the London based parties understand this. I want my county to have a voice that is listened to, like Scotland, and I think many other regions of the UK agree.

Representative democracy?

I’m no supporter of UKIP, in fact I’m almost the total opposite, but you can’t deny they got over three million votes in this election, and that equalled only one seat, on the opposite of this, the SNP needed less than two million to secure their 56 seats. This isn’t democracy. Some form of PR is needed in the UK to solve this problem and give the people the representation that they voted for. Arguments against PR are mostly rubbish, like the argument that PR gives you weak government, look at the Scottish parliament, a strong system that uses PR. I agree, however, that there is a question around providing local MP’s and the way that is not compatible with straight forward PR, but we are a very clever bunch, the human race, we’ve sent people to the moon, I’m sure we can find a workable system of governance that represents better the votes that people cast.

The system as it is, is broken, we have entire regions of the UK that are under the rule of a government they didn’t ask for, and literally millions of people who voted for parties that have no representation in our parliament, or have no way to influence it at all. In my opinion by giving regions more power over the decisions they make, and making those power making organs democratic and accountable, you give people a reason to vote, their vote would matter, and their regional voice would be better heard. We also need a more representative system of national government. Lots of people vote tactically for people they don’t want to, or don’t vote at all, simply because the system doesn’t work. Of course, we have a majority government in power, so I won’t hold my breath.

Time to shout a little louder

You have to hand it to the SNP, not so long ago they were seen as nothing more than a bunch of nationalist nutters, popular with some, but ultimately on the fringes of UK politics. Fast forward to 2015 and they are now a real force in Scotland and may well have a massive impact on the coming General Election. 

The SNP were very clever in the way they made the referendum on Scottish independence an issue of Westminster or us. People weren’t just rallied to the call of an independent Scotland they became supporters of an SNP that they saw as anti UK, and most importantly anti establishment. This is important. In England those who have become disenchanted with the ‘Big Three’ have been offered an alternative in the shape of UKIP, and people who wouldn’t have voted for them have, just to stick two fingers up to the establishment. Where the SNP has Scottish independence, UKIP has Europe, both these issues might not be at the forefront of everyones minds, but they have been effectively used to galvanise support for the respective parties. 

One of the over spills from the Scottish referendum was the issue of Devolution within England. The trouble is there are many different views of what a devolved England looks like. Some would have an English Parliament, some propose City regions, personally I think we need to be more radical and have regional governments, that support a much wider level of devolution so that people have more of a say in the decisions that actually effects their lives. I think the UK needs it. I don’t agree with the SNP’s calls for independence, I think we are genuinely better together, but if central government ignores the issue and continues to fob the regions of the UK off with second, third and fourth rate devolution then it will begin to fracture and split. 

At this moment in time the SNP is forcing its agenda upon Westminster because it is shouting loudly and voters in Scotland are listening. Wouldn’t it be great if Yorkshire had a strong voice like this that could really challenge the powers in London and deliver much more for the county? Well it does, by voting for Yorkshire First you would be sending a message to Labour, the Tories and everyone else that it’s about time the interests of Yorkshire were taken as seriously as other parts of England. 

Things in my view this week….2

Must miss viewing

Question Time is pointless. All we ever learn from Question Time is how good at avoiding answering questions directly politicians can be, the ‘winners’ being the ones that appear to answer the question best without actually answering it. The fact that when celebrities go on, without the ties of political affiliation, often give better, and more honest replies to questions, making a mockery of the whole exercise. All Question Time does is show politicians in their worst light; tribal, evasive, out of touch and full of blame.

Ticket touts

Ticket touts do my head in. When attempting to buy Noel Gallagher tickets last year I made sure I was up on time, logged into the website, and ready with my credit card in hand, about five minutes later, it was sold out and I had no tickets, unlucky. But then I looked on re-sale websites, such as Stub Hub and Viagogo, which were immediately advertising tickets to the event, the thing is they were being sold well over the face value of the ticket. Now I have no problem with people selling tickets to events they can no longer attend, or if they’ve changed their mind, but when people buy four tickets and immediately sell two on for a profit, that does my head in. They are stopping people getting tickets that they really want, just to make a few quid, it’s touting, and it needs to stop. Re-sale websites should not offer tickets at a price higher than face value, this would stop the problem immediately, and people who want to attend events can, at a fair price. 

Cricket World Cup

Cricket is a funny game. England, one of the games major players, have just been unceremoniously dumped out of the World Cup, having been demolished by Australia, humiliated by New Zealand, walloped by Sri Lanka and finished off by Bangladesh. For much of the tournament they have looked like they are playing a different game to the rest of the teams there, the thing is that cricket IS different games within a game. T20 and ODI’s aren’t the same game as test cricket, yes there is a skill set common to all three, but each has it’s own set of skills that are unique to that format. England’s problem? They don’t seem to be able to grasp this. Peter Moores is, I’m sure, a very competent coach, he wouldn’t have the job if he wasn’t, but to give him the job of coaching all three formats is ridiculous, I mean you don’t see Roy Hodgson coaching the England 5-a-side team do you? Get a coach for each format of the game, pick a team for each format and go from there, simple. 

All hope is not lost…

The people of this country have been written off in terms of politics, the vast majority don’t care and would rather vote for their favourite Karaoke singer on the X Factor than vote in a general election, or so we’re led to believe. This is the opposite of  what I’ve encountered this year whilst canvassing however, people do care, do have an interest and definitely have their own opinions, they just feel for too long no one has listened to them. If we want people to engage with politics, maybe politics has to engage better with people, for me, to make politics more relevant to everyday lives then make it more local. Politicians  often refer to the British Public like its one group of people, it’s not, in every different part of the UK there are different issues and different attitudes. Have discussions with people about the things that actually bother them and you will get interaction, as long as you listen to them that is. 

Things in my view this week….1

Second hand trains

I’m no expert on trains, far from it, but I think I have quite a good sense of when someone is trying to pull the wool over. Northern Rail is set to inherit a bunch of old London Underground trains that will be converted to replace the current set of crap trains running on the network. These cast offs are something like 30 years old, and we’re meant to believe this is an upgrade. Are you kidding me? When this was reported on Look North the question was asked ‘why don’t we make some new ones?’ and the answer was ‘well unlike London our transport needs are funded differently, and we can’t afford them’. So here we are, London gets its shiny new trains, and we’re left with the hand me downs they don’t want anymore, typical, once again London first, everywhere else, never. 

Whatever happened to Hull?

Talking about Look North, I sometimes feel like I’m watching a strange Orwellian version of reality, in which parts of Yorkshire don’t exist. Harry and the team bring us the days news from around Yorkshire, but not all of it, has Hull disappeared? The east coast hasn’t, Scarborough and Bridlington still appear on the show, but not Hull, does the BBC not want us to know what is going on there? It’s very strange indeed. When the sport section is introduced, and we hear about the exploits of our region’s clubs, where are Hull City? Or Hull FC and Hull KR? Hull City got to the final of the FA Cup last year, a great reason for Yorkshire to celebrate, but from Look North, silence. 

Calm down dear, it’s only a tweet

Why is Twitter so angry? The more I use Twitter the more worried for the human race I become, even the most innocent and innocuous tweets are often met with absolute rage. Twitter can be a really fun thing to use, and can also be a force for good, but more often than not, it shows up the bad side of our nature. It’s almost like people use Twitter to behave in a way that normal society doesn’t allow, threats, racism, homophobia, and general angry behaviour are everywhere. The hope is that it stays there and doesn’t permeate into wider society, a world where people behaved in real life as they do on twitter would be unbearable. 

Football’s ugly problem

This week was a bad week for football. Two of Europe’s most beautiful cities have witnessed mob behaviour at its absolute worst, first, scumbags in Chelsea colours brought shame upon Chelsea FC, football and themselves when they racially abused a black  Paris metro goer before the PSG match and then PSV fans rioted in Rome causing millions of pounds worth of damage and again sullying the name of football. Being a moron and liking football are unfortunately not mutually exclusive things, and this week shows us how far we have yet to go to rid the beautiful game of such ugly nonsense. 

And so it begins…..

Things are moving, it’s now only a few months until the General Election and campaigning for most is in full swing, and for the first time ever, I will be joining in. 

As I’ve written before I’m a supporter of Yorkshire First, and this is the first General Election we’ll fight. To fight a general election you need people to stand before the electorate, and joining our first candidate Paul Salveson who is standing in Colne Valley, we also have candidates in Leeds, Shipley and now Calder Valley. Rod Sutcliffe is a retired GP who lives in Cragg Vale (read more here), and I’ll be doing my best to support his campaign. 

I’ve never been involved in canvassing for an election, so this year is all new to me. I suppose the aim for me isn’t to ram my views down anyone’s throats, I just want to let people know who we are and what we stand for. It will be good to hear the views of people and gauge what interest there is in the election.  We’ll be in Brighouse this Saturday (7/2/15) spreading the message, and probably freezing our bits off, so if you want to learn a bit more, or just have a chat then come down and see us! 

Time to end panto season for good

When was the last time you watched Prime Ministers Questions? Or any debate in the House of Commons for that matter? Never you say? You turned it on and realised what a huge mistake you were making and turned it over? I don’t blame you, I’m a politics graduate, and even I don’t watch it. In fact I bet the only time most people see it is when snippets are shown on the news, and what do we see? A bunch of mostly public school/Oxbridge educated over grown children loudly arguing and insulting each other. Yawn.

Every time I see Prime Ministers questions on the news I’m struck by how silly, petty and childish it appears. The two sides sit opposite each other, shouting, gesticulating, insulting and behaving like a class of 6 year olds arguing about who kissed who in the playground. Whenever someone makes a crap joke or comes up with a ‘hilarious’ put down the whole house erupts like a bunch of drunken apes, any grown up watching this show can’t help but think ‘yeah that’s not for me’. I know politics is very emotive, and the people in there care about the things they discuss, but can they not do it in a more civil, grown up manner? Why is one party pitted against the other? Why can’t they work together?

There’s no denying politics has a massive image problem, people are increasingly turned off by it. When people ask what I did at uni and I tell them I did politics, the most common reaction is ‘why? It’s boring!’ when I then relate politics to their daily life they suddenly become engaged and have an opinion again. It’s not that people don’t care, it’s that people feel detached from it, like it’s not something they can get into. The confrontational style mud slinging may appeal to supporters of the parties, but they are losing the interest of everyone else.  Its time we ended this pantomime style politics for good. We need politicians to have a grown up debate, and engage with people on an adult level, unfortunately I can’t see it happening any time soon.

This week signalled the start of campaigning for the General Election, and predictably it followed a very negative route. Labour said ‘don’t vote for the Tories, they’ll take us back to the 1930’s!’, then the Tories came out and said ‘don’t vote for Labour, they have all their sums wrong and are going to ruin us!’. Claim and counter claim seem to be the way this election will be fought, the ‘everything we say is right, everything they say is wrong’ attitude is so depressing. If this turns you off, like me, then I urge you not to just give up your vote, instead engage with people who want to have a positive, adult debate about politics. I’m a supporter of Yorkshire First, and that’s what we’re trying to do. We’re putting together a positive vision for Yorkshire and one that is free of traditional party squabbling. Let’s leave the children to their games and leave politics to the grown ups.