This is a rant disguised as interlude between more serious posts. I don’t know who I will vote for in this year’s municipal elections, but the DA is back on the table. To paraphrase The Young Ones: ‘A principled political stance is like a garden shed, if you try and swallow it it will stick in your throat’
Here’s a quick review of last week’s by-elections. The DA retained a crucial Oudsthoorn ward, but the municipality itself remains ungovernable
Come for the musical puns and stay for the political analysis, that’s always been the motto and tagline of this blog. But I digress. Thlokwe and the IEC are in a mess.
This article is a follow-up to the last one. I look more closely at how the DA has done in by-elections since 2011, and I discover (not surprisingly) that the DA is more likely to report its successes than its failures
The fun in by-election analysis – and it’s not a rich seam of fun – does not come from the Excel sheets and the tables and the maps. The fun comes from people’s reactions to the results.
South Africans went to the polls in eight wards in Wednesday’s by-elections (there were another two ANC wards which were uncontested). Five wards were won by the DA in the 2011 municipal elections and three were won by the ANC.
I am slow on the uptake, but I finally realised that the DA doesn’t deserve my vote in next year’s elections
I talk about the DA’s dies horribilis, catching feelings from responses to my by-election reports, and how political affiliations makes you stupid
Here’s a very quick and informal update on the 30 September by-elections. It’s really a bunch of random thoughts with some analysis thrown in, plus a threadbare apology for not keeping in contact with you.
Here’s a follow-up post on Nelson Mandela Bay metro, and how the EFF could ruin the ANC’s party in the 2016 municipal elections