Just back from whizzing about Italy on a motorbike, and I find it's all happening in Municipopolis with just ten days to go before the VOTE.
Yesterday I was out with another member of the list doing door-to-door visits. This is a good way of really getting to the heart of local issues because people will talk face-to-face much more than they will in a general meeting. The personal touch is appreciated too. By most.
One guy didn't want to talk to us. Either he is a staunch opposer of our (obviously terrifying) team, or he thought we were aliens come to abduct him. Or he didn't want to be bothered by all that politics malarkey. Everyone else was absent, it being half term.
Well, not quite. We did have a good chat with one guy who lives in an idyllic spot at the end of a lane with fields on one side and one other house in the neighbourhood. He is very happy with his lot as well he might be.
Following the door-to-door, I attended the public part of a local council meeting, but not for long. About five minutes in fact, just the time to hear the resignations of three members of the council who are on our list (including the mayoral candidate) and we were out.
We - the other listers - were there to give The Three moral support, and we were so numerous extra chairs had to be brought in. We created quite a rumpus.
Then it was down to the election office for a bit of knees-up. Well, we were all present, things had gone as they should, and it seemed a shame to drift off back home. So we got out the wine and snacks and made the most of the rest of the evening. That's what I like about this team - they are very merry and up for an apero at every opportunity.
I'm finding that being on the team is a great way to meet other people in the village. Even if we don't win the election, it'll be a personal win for me as I'm having a very entertaining time and meeting some interesting, friendly neighbours.