There will be elections in England on Thursday. They are “only” local elections, so something like our ‘Landtagswahlen’, but they take place in almost all counties of England and the whole of Northern Ireland. The results could be a nasty surprise. Many people are angry about the lack of Brexit and prefer to dismiss the parliamentarians in London. Mrs May and her colleagues. And they can do that on 2 May, because the MEPs have their constituencies in England and it is there that they have to secure a majority, otherwise the chair in Westminster will wobble. They are nervous because there could be landslide losses. Allegedly, 40% of voters want to vote for the new Brexit party in protest. The name is new, the man behind is an old known, namely the former UKIP leader Nigel Farage. An eloquent seducer, like so many politicians today. I hope it comes as always, namely completely differently than expected. 

There’s a strange attitude in England towards the right to vote. They are furious that they have to take part on top in the EU election. It’s very hard for them to do that, because to commit yourself to something makes the Englishman feel uncomfortable. Always, no matter if it is an appointment or a general election. For him it’s much preferable to leave one or more doors open. It’s much more fun when he can make one or two surprising turns. Such an election campaign is simply too boring, because everything is precisely defined. And that’s the reason why the whole country is fuming.

The Englishman is not at all comfortable with the unloved visits of the deputies at the front door and the ugly placards that block the view of the village pond. It may be that the next two or three months will be a tough test for him. Because there could be three elections coming soon: First the local elections this week, then the EU elections from 23 May and then possibly a new General Election if Mrs May resigns or is resigned. A real challenge for a nation that has a hard time organizing bureaucratic processes. Plus you don’t have polling stations. Every time the same drama, where should the polling stations be set up? The schools we like to use are falling apart. Because in the whole of England you traditionally always choose a Thursday and classes take place there. I don’t know why you can’t vote on Sunday, but I have a suspicion. Who knows the drinking habits on an average Saturday evening, suspects that Sunday is out of the question. Nevertheless, alcohol and compulsory voting go well together in England. Here is the proof: They often vote in the local pub. One of the tables is declared a voting booth and so you can first chat with your mates and then at some point go to the polls. That perhaps explains the result of the Brexit vote, at least a little. Wherever in England elections are held or may be held (has the International Electoral Commission been informed?) and where they actually take place dozens of times, these photos document this. No, I didn’t manipulate them.