I've never seen anything quite like the mayhem in Mill Hill Broadway last Saturday morning. There was a French market, myself and the Mill Hill Music Festival crew were distributing Festival programs, the Jehovahs witnesses were also out and we had large teams from The Tories, Labour and The Lib Dems. There were also a team from Mill Hill Bowls club dishing out leaflets.
One irate lady started shouting at me, as I tried to get her to take a leaflet. She said 'I'm UKIP, why aren't UKIP here?" I apologised and said 'sorry we're from the Music Festival so I can't help you with that'. She then said 'it's disgusting having a French market, we should have British one instead!'. I asked here if she'd met the UKIP candidate for Hendon. She said 'No'. I replied that he's a very nice chap, I knew him when he was a Lib Dem and it's great that UKIP had selected a Somalian. She called me an idiot and walked off, perhaps not realising I wasn't joking. A member of The Lib Dem team informed me that they'd got pictures of the Tories parked illegally on a yellow line. I tutted thoughtfully. When I mentioned this to the Labour team, they sneered 'we don't do gutter politics '. I had a chat with Mill Hills elder statesman, Tory candidate John Hart, who told me he was off to Cooksleys to buy a pound of sausages for lunch. No metric sausages for John!
I'm looking forward to leafleting for the festival on June 10th in The Broadway, all of these politicians will be back in hibernation for another five years. People won't avoid eye contact with us handing out leaflets, then turn back and take on when they realise we're not political.
When it comes down to it, I find it sad that so many people put in a shift to canvass, but when election time goes, won't lift a finger for the community.