Election of Hope: Part 5 – The Moonlit Horizon

Election of Hope is a short story based around a Liberal Democrat candidate in a marginal constituency in the 2019 general election. All of the main protagonists are entirely fictional, although there is some reaction to developments during the real election campaign. Election of Hope is presented for entertainment purposes only and is not written in an attempt to influence anyone’s vote in the general election. 

The Moonlit Horizon was an upmarket restaurant overlooking Carn Harbour. Opened in 1956, it was still being run by the same family and had the honour of being the only restaurant in the constituency to be awarded a Michelin Star. It was also the most expensive restaurant in the constituency, and Matt winced when Hayley suggested meeting here.

By the time he arrived, Hayley was already seated at a table away from the window, and the maître d’ led him silently to her. She stood and allowed him to peck her on either cheek before they sat opposite each other. 

“Well, this looks expensive,” he said trying to mask the concern in his voice as he looked around the near-deserted room. Hayley nodded. 

“It’s the most expensive restaurant in Carn,” she replied. “Consequently, it is one of the quietest. I thought this would be the best place to come and talk without being noticed.” 

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Election of Hope: Part 4 – Door to Door

Election of Hope is a short story based around a Liberal Democrat candidate in a marginal constituency in the 2019 general election. All of the main protagonists are entirely fictional, although there is some reaction to developments during the real election campaign. Election of Hope is presented for entertainment purposes only and is not written in an attempt to influence anyone’s vote in the general election.

Some politicians argue that the most difficult part of an election campaign are the hustings. Debating with all of your opponents while questions are fired at you seemingly at random by members of the public interested enough in the political process to bother to turn up is always a nerve-wracking experience.

Other politicians, however, point to canvassing as being the tougher challenge. More intimate than hustings, going door-to-door in the constituency can be an eye-opening experience, for you can never be sure who you are likely to be greeted by. And when you are one-on-one with a constituent who disagrees with your party, or even a single policy, they seem to be more inclined to express their opinion in the relative privacy of their own doorstep than a public debate.

For Matt there was no contest. He would happily take six weeks of non-stop hustings over even five minutes of canvassing. Sure, he was very sociable and he enjoyed meeting new people, but when you turn up at a stranger’s house with a clipboard and a party rosette, it is not your own personality you are being judged on, but the party you are representing. No, he could handle debating other politicians with relative ease. What he could not handle was the unapologetic abuse had had experienced over thirteen years of campaigning. And yet, he kept coming back for more.

So it was on a wet November morning he and Alex paired up to meet the residents of South West Carn, armed with little more than a handful of leaflets, a clipboard and an abundance of baseless self-confidence.

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Election of Hope: Part 3 – The Morning After

Election of Hope is a short story based around a Liberal Democrat candidate in a marginal constituency in the 2019 general election. All of the main protagonists are entirely fictional, although there is some reaction to developments during the real election campaign. Election of Hope is presented for entertainment purposes only and is not written in an attempt to influence anyone’s vote in the general election. 

“Open the fucking door Matt!” 

Alex was hammering so hard against the wood on the door to Matt’s flat that the blue paint had started to flake off, but still there was no answer from within. 

It was 11 o’clock on another cold Sunday morning, and Matt had been due to lead the first day of canvassing. However, when the activists had started to arrive at 10 o’clock he was nowhere to be seen and Anastasia had dispatched Alex to find him while she organised the troops. 

He had been banging on the door for almost five minutes and was growing increasingly concerned for Matt’s welfare. From across the hall, Matt’s neighbour had opened their front door a crack to watch, but did not venture outside to offer assistance. 

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Election of Hope: Part 2 – The Campaign Launch

Election of Hope is a short story based around a Liberal Democrat candidate in a marginal constituency in the 2019 general election. All of the main protagonists are entirely fictional, although there is some reaction to developments during the real election campaign. Election of Hope is presented for entertainment purposes only and is not written in an attempt to influence anyone’s vote in the general election. 

The bright November sun may have been beating down hard on Carn Harbour, but it was doing little to increase the temperature for the crowd of Liberal Democrat activists gathered around their candidate, listening intently to his rallying cry. 

“We might be a small borough tucked away along the coast,” Matt yelled through a borrowed megaphone as he balanced tentatively on a box of leaflets in an embarrassing attempt to gain some height over the gathered faithful, “but for the next five weeks South West Carn will be a crucial battlefield in ensuring we elect a significant number of Liberal Democrat MPs to continue the fight against the political and economic disaster that is Brexit!” 

The roar of the tide lashing against the rocks just a few meters away was proving a difficult distraction for Matt to overcome, and he stumbled over his lines more than once as his focus seemed to ebb and flow in time with the sea. However, he was determined to give a good impression to the people who would be pounding the streets on his behalf and instil in them confidence in his suitability to be a member of parliament. He was acutely aware that confidence in the candidate translated into confidence on the doorstep, and, knowing that for many of those assembled this was their first time meeting him, was determined to get his campaign off to the best possible start. 

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Election of Hope: Part 1 – It Started With A Vote

Election of Hope is a short story based around a Liberal Democrat candidate in a marginal constituency in the 2019 general election. All of the main protagonists are entirely fictional, although there is some reaction to developments during the real election campaign. Election of Hope is presented for entertainment purposes only and is not written in an attempt to influence anyone’s vote in the general election. 

“The ayes to the right: 438. The noes the left: 20.” 

The House of Commons roared with approval as the whip read the results of the division on the third reading of the Early Parliamentary General Election Bill. With noise ringing from both sides of the chamber, he passed a slip of paper to a clerk, who dutifully handed it to the speaker to confirm the results. 

“Well that’s my Christmas fucked, then!” Matt said, turning to Alex and sighing. 

“Oh, give over!” Alex replied, half-standing and leaning forward to pick up a glass of white wine from the coffee table. “It’s not as though you’ve got anything better to do.” 

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