17 September 2013

On September 5 there was a by-election in Wadebridge for Cornwall unitary council, the first one of the present council. There were five candidates, four representing political parties and one independent. Altogether 1284 people voted, two fifths of the electorate.

One party was absent, one party did not contest the seat.

The party that amusingly calls itself ‘the party for Cornwall’ was invisible. Mebyon Kernow (MK), the political nationalist party, did not have a candidate in the election. Being elusive is well for the Scarlet Pimpernel, but a serious political party should be seen and heard.

MK, the party for Cornwall (except Wadebridge).

elusive Pimpernel: Emma ORCZY The Scarlet Pimpernel (1905): Percy Blakeney’s mocking rime in chapter 12