Since returning to Jersey at the beginning of the week, conversations with friends have hardly been frenzied accounts of exciting hustings meetings and the doings and sayings of the various Senatorial candidates. In fact, you wonder how many people could name more than half of the 21 candidates for the six vacancies up for grabs next week.
In fact, with the exception of bad-tempered morning moaning about the posters which have sprung up like weeds across the Island, what is happening with the progress of the election seems to be a matter of supreme indifference to most.
One of the few people to whom I spoke who proferred an opinion only did so because he wanted to suggest a new way of voting. None of the candidates really striking his fancy, he felt that people ought to be able to openly vote against candidates rather than for them.
Hardly a ringing endorsement of the excitement generated by this election. Those who have shown some vague interest in proceedings have shown concern at the number of candidates who will be splitting the vote and the likelihood of this producing skewed results in favour of a candidate who might not otherwise have had much chance. Democracy really is a pain in the bum, isn’t it?