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Desmond Family Canoe Trail
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A few days after my last election trail blog, a press cutting arrived on my lap. It turns out that Jeremy Corbyn had not only gone and got himself elected but of far greater significance than that; he’s an enthusiastic grower of marrows.
Who knows? Maybe we will end up competing against each other in the giant marrow class at Shrewsbury, Harrogate or Westminster shows sometime soon. And Jeremy, if you need horticultural tips or any other advice come to that, please don’t be shy to ask.
Apparently it took Jeremy until the final seconds before the closing deadline to secure his 35 nominations for the Labour leadership contest. Fortunately for me, there has been no such last minute panic, (apart from my usual challenges with technology), so I am safely on the ballot paper which is not a bad start. There are rumours, if the press are to be believed, that one or two of Jeremy's sponsors perhaps slightly regret their initial enthusiastic support. I hope that not too many of my loyal band of supporters are feeling like that just yet.
With the election now closed for further nominations, I can now reveal that there are three other candidates in the staff section of the election. These are Tracey Jackson, Craig O’Brien and Sarina Young. I am in little doubt that all four of us have what it takes to do a great job. In my view, people are simply the most important asset that any business or charity has and so staff representation on Council really matters. Should colleagues choose to put their faith in me, then I promise to do the best I can for us all.
As Sun Tzu would probably have said, if democracy had been around in China in around 700 BC, election victories are won by a combination of the right strategy and good execution of tactics on the battlefield. So I thought I would take a light-hearted look at the tactics politicians have used in previous general elections to clinch a few more votes - and perhaps see if I could apply them to my own unique situation.
All things fish
Read more about all things fish, including a detailed species guide and information about places to fish near you.
The team undertake a diverse range of work including looking after the Trust's £40 million worth of fish stocks, managing agreements with over 250 different angling clubs and helping more people, especially youngsters, take up angling on the canal. Follow this blog to keep updated with the thoughts and work of the team.