BBC Look East has done a piece on the prospects for independent candidates in the coming general election which includes an interview with the potential independent candidate for Luton South, Joe Hall. He comes across as very committed but perhaps a little foolish to be so. You can watch the report on the BBC website:
The media thrives on variety, and loves a chance to go beyond the usual three parties, so they tend to significantly overestimate the importance and impact of independent candidates. They will trot out Martin Bell to make their point, as they do in this report, but if you know any of the background to Bell’s election in Tatton you will know that he is very much the exception that proves the rule.
My judgement is that independents will be much less successful in the election than the media hype beforehand will suggest. And that will include Luton South.
This content was originally posted on my old Strange Thoughts blog.