Election Blog“When Things Go Wrong” up to Thursday 8th September 2016

Monday 5th September
The hard work and election race starts for real this week.

Awake for 6am and I went through the usual routine of checking media sites, emails and messages.

In the office for 8.20am but to be perfectly honest my focus level in the office at the moment has certainly dropped over the last couple of weeks. Mainly because of the amounts tasks I still have to complete before 22nd September.

Lunchtime was taken up finishing off items relating to the public meeting tomorrow night, along with sending out a voters pack and going through my notes for tonight’s Onchan Commissioners Meeting.

Arrived home for 17.50, very little time to get changed tonight but I still managed to listen to about to 15 minutes of the first Election Debate on Manx Radio, which covered Arbory, Castletown and Malew.

Arrived at the Commissioners for 18.30 as we had a scheduled meeting with two representatives from the Department of Social Care.

At 19.00 we started our normal Commissioners meeting that went on until 22.00.

Arrived home 22.10, I managed to get something to eat and send a few messages before calling it a day at 23.05.

Tuesday 6th September
Wide awake again at 4am, so changing the mattress at the weekend hasn’t helped me restore my normal sleeping pattern.

Took the opportunity to read the IOM Examiner online, along with checking the usual media sites before falling back to sleep at 5.30am for an hour.

In the office for 8.20am and lunchtime was taken up going through my speech for tonight’s public meeting, which was scheduled to start at 20.00.

After a long day in the office, I arrived home for 17.50, but no time for tea or rest. I again put the radio on to listen to the latest election constituency debate as I went through my speech for a final time, ironed a shirt and cleaned my shoes.

Although the meeting wasn’t scheduled to start until 20.00, I needed to be at the hall for 19.00 to open up and set up the chairs and tables.

Norma, Pam and Kathryn arrived to set up and serve the refreshments – thank you.

Not sure if 20 to 30 people is a good turnout for an election public meeting, but it was still an excellent night with some fantastic questions and discussions.

I really did enjoy the meeting, a few tweaks needed before the second meeting being held on Thursday night.

After tidying up the hall, I managed to get home by 22.15.

Just enough time to send out a few emails and messages before calling a today at 23.15.

Wednesday 7th September
Today was meant to be a day of relaxation, but unfortunately it didn’t turn out that way, it turned out to be a nightmare.

Awake from 6am, so took the opportunity to answer any e-mails, messages and checked the usual media outlets. Once in office for 8.15am I sent a further two emails before getting my head-down for a relatively straightforward morning.

My lunchtime was taken up drafting several responses to petitions or questions I have received during the election campaign.

The day slowly went downhill very fast after lunch, as I had a major disagreement (argument) with the printers over the timeline of getting my manifesto back. I won’t go into much detail but I had two very unpleasant phone calls.

Unfortunately, my manifesto won’t be ready for a further week, which is very very disappointing and gives constituents very little time to read through a 40 page booklet before the Election Day.

Finally got home for 17.50 and listened to the latest Election Debate on Manx Radio along with posting several messages online.

I stopped at 8pm to watch the British Bake Off before having an early night.

Thursday 8th September
Up and about from 6.30am, checked the usual media sites before getting into the office for 8.10am.

I met up with Ellen at lunchtime for a quick coffee and a chat before getting back to the office and going through my speech for tonight’s second public meeting, which was scheduled to start 20.00.

After a long day in the office, I arrived home for 17.55, again no time for tea as I needed to complete a few tasks before heading out. I put the radio on to listen to the latest election constituency debate as I went through my speech for a final time, ironed another shirt and cleaned my shoes.

The numbers were down from Tuesday night but I don’t think the weather helped much, very heavy rain and to be honest if I didn’t need to be out in it, I certainly wouldn’t have been.

Still an excellent night with some fantastic questions and after cleaning up the hall I still managed to get home 22.20.

Just enough time to send out a few emails and message before calling a today at 23.30.