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It's that time of year again
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Prior to last year's council elections, my ward had three Labour councillors. The 2006 elections turned one of those red seats orange, by quite a comfortable margin.

It's been a bad year for our Labour-controlled council. The fortnightly refuse collection has proved unpopular, the kerbside recycling scheme is still below par (they don't take glass, and only some plastics), and the imposition of a new one-way road system in the face of massive public protest led to the guy in charge of transport policy announcing that he wouldn't be standing for re-election.

Won't be voting for them, then.

The local Lib Dems have run a largely positive campaign, highlighting the improvements that their councillor has successfully campaigned for. Mostly little things — graffiti cleanups, fence repairs, the sort of things that do make a lot of difference to people living in residential suburbs.

The Tory campaign leaflet I was handed today was mostly vitriol against Gordon Brown. Fighting a local election on national issues is always a no-no in my book.

So, it'll be orange for me again this year, as expected.