Over breakfast this morning I've been reading the election leaflet which Penny Vingoe sent to my mother-in-law this week. She wants to be elected to represent my village of Berriew on Powys County Council. She is standing as a Liberal Democrat candidate. There are three Independent candidates as well, all good friends of mine. So Like Jimmy Carter, I will not be offering any specific public endorsement, or going beyond saying that I will be voting 'Independent'.
On Penny Vingoe's leaflet. there is a photograph of Mick Bates, local Lib Dem AM, of Richard White and Richard Noyce, two Lib Dem Council candidates in Newtown, William Powell, another Lib Dem Councillor from Radnorshire, and Jenny Randerson, another Lib Dem AM from Cardiff - quite an extensive galaxy of 'celebrity' endorsement. But strangely there is not the merest glimpse or mention of the local Member of Parliament. There was me, chewing on my muesli, thinking how unfair it was that my local MP was not receiving his due attention, when he appeared on the BBC's morning programme - the UK BBC that is. The reason being that he has 'let slip' to Hello magazine that he has just asked his girlfriend to marry him.
I'm trying to work out what this says about Penny Vingoe's view of her local MP, about the MP himself, and about the priorities of the BBC. I do want to extend the best wishes of this blog to the soon to be married MP and his girlfriend.