I really meant to get this post together earlier than this; one of the symptoms of election time being that there never seems to be enough time to get everything done!
Nonetheless, after the Rochford & Southend East hustings hosted by the Echo last night, here is a list of all the hustings and debates of which I am aware, in the Southend area — i.e. the two Parliamentary constituencies and the local elections.
If I’ve missed any (which I doubtless have) please let me know via the comments or my contact formand I will update.
Last night the Southend Echo hosted the first in a series of general election hustings for the area, this one for my own constituency of Rochford & Southend East.
Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to make it there myself, but my impression from watching the online coverage — and the Echo’s rolling liveblog of the evening is still online should anyone wish to read it — was of a good, if uneventful, evening attended by all five candidates.
One point did catch my interest, tweeted by local radio journalist Tim Gillett, was Tory incumbent James Duddridge’s position on EU membership:
James Duddridge con ppc Rochford&southendeast says he would take Uk out of EU and renegotiate entry
We’re up the penultimate episode of 12 Monkeys now, and I have to say I’m impressed. As I stated at the beginning, I had some serious doubts about whether adapting the Terry Gilliam film into a TV show was even a good idea.
The end result has not only been a worthy adaptation, but an excellent TV show. It’s not perfect, no, but has the will to actually push the boundaries.
In my opinion, it thoroughly deserves the second season that it’s already been renewed for. But it doesn’t get an easy ride. I’ve said for a few episodes now that it hasn’t felt like it has the space for more than the first series, as it barrels down the road towards an ultimate conclusion.
In the two episodes left, it needs to check that, and demonstrate that there is more story left to explore, more room still for Cole et al to grow.