May 4th, 2012

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When it Pours, they Reign

Bugger - it's as I feared, and Bristol has voted for a directly elected Mayor, on a turnout of 24% (in one polling station, as low as 6%). The figures were 53.35% to 46.7% - a difference of 5,100 votes.

So far, we have no idea what powers the Mayor might be given, nor how he (or just possibly she) might be got rid of, nor much else. That's all to be decided later, apparently! But whatever the dispensation, it's now been pre-approved by the electors of Bristol - or rather, by just under 13% of them, which was enough.

So far, only Bristol has voted in favour. I'm not sure whether it was also uncoincidentally the only city where a referendum was being held but not council elections, but I wouldn't be terribly surprised.