… as long as it’s the bloody Tories, that is.

I just got back from voting in the local council elections and I am absolutely sodding furious.

I duly handed over my polling card, was issued with my ballot paper and went over to the booth. I looked down at the ballot paper and read it. Then I read it again. Then I turned it over in case there was some mistake. Then I read it again.

The only party with candidates on the ballot was the Conservative Party. Other than a couple of crackpot independents, my choice was between Tory A, Tory B and Tory C (all of whom as it happens were standing outside the polling station trying not to look smug, and failing).

Nobody from Labour, nor the Lib Dems, nor the Greens. Not even a token swivel-eyed Kipper.

Now, I know I live in a safe Tory seat, but this is ridiculous. Why, in a year when the Tories have never been more unpopular or more assailable, why did no other party field any candidates? Why?

Christ our politics is broken.