Cycling 1:00:00  21.0 km (2:51 / km)
Held off a bit this morning (having woken up late after the midnight meeting) in the hope that the rainband would clear out. It almost did and then redeveloped, so the delay was only minimally effective and I was doing most of this in a cold steady rain. Ride not too bad after that, although it seemed to drag on for a while.
Perhaps I should offer my geographic knowledge to the campaigns of the local Labor people, because having seen on Tuesday one of Emily Dimitriadis's posters on the turf of Chiara Lawry (of whom more will be heard, win or lose this time), today I passed one of Chiara's posters on Emily's. A lot more Council posters are starting to sprout, which made me think about the usual cast of characters for local government elections:
(a) a Green
(b) a socialist
(c) a Labor person who may or may not be officially endorsed (this year they're not for reasons connected with the fallout from the branch stacking scandal in June) but usually doesn't hide their affiliations
(d) a Liberal pretending to be an independent
(e) someone in the pockets of a developer, pretending to be an independent (not necessarily mutually exclusive with (d) or, if it's NSW, (c)).
(f) various people who have no interest in getting elected themselves but are running to direct the preferences of low-information voters to someone else (usually (e))
(g) a disgruntled former member of one of the parties (in the case of Darebin candidate Brian Sanaghan, given the boot for persistent disruptive and abusive behaviour at meetings, the disgruntlement is very much mutual)
(h) a racist
(i) someone last heard of as having absconded from a mental health facility