25 April 2018, The Tablet

Why many might choose to tend their tomatoes rather than vote in the local elections


Labour and the Conservatives are level-pegging, but still there is little excitement over next Thursday's poll

Why many might choose to tend their tomatoes rather than vote in the local elections
 

Apart from the price of tomato plants (75p, or £1 for those resistant to blight), the only serious topics of discussion last weekend in the trading hut of the allotments’ society in my London suburb were Brexit and the two-lane cycle superhighway planned for our high street.

The first of these got short shrift: “Why don’t they just get on with it?” was greeted with general acclaim, as we weighed up the chicken manure pellets. But giving cyclists priority over pushchairs and pedestrians – not to mention over the rest of the road traffic – as proposed locally by Transport for London, provoked an animated and heated debate. How would people get on and off buses? What about pensioners trying to get across the road?

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