(Please see the UPDATE at the end of this post, in which I have included a couple of additional pieces of literature received today - 2MAY07 - from one of the political parties)
I find it fascinating to compare the different messages that the various political parties try to persuade electors to vote for. I'm also interested in their different presentational styles; some of the messages are not to my taste at all, of course, but even where this is the case some of the messages seem to me to be well presented given the limited resources they probably have available. Isn't there some saying about the Devil having all the best tunes?
The images below are of election literature which I have received through my letterbox. I have not received literature from all the political parties or individual candidates standing at the elections next week, but if I do receive any of these in the next few days I will endeavour to include them in this, or a later, posting before the election day on 3rd May. However I will only include literature which I receive through my own letterbox; I did in fact have site of a couple of other pieces of election literature elsehwere in Highland Region a few days ago, but as one of these items was issued by the British National Party (BNP) I am happy enough to stick with my rule, until and unless their leaflet actually appears in my own letterbox. Please note that I have 'edited' some of the images so that multi-fold leaflets show all sections the right way up: in one case I have combined two leaflets in one image: in another case I have eliminated a section to save space and memory. None of these modifications alters the basic message in any way.
A reader has pointed out a piece of unfortunate (and unintentional) cropping in one of my images; this has now been corrected, but it brings to mind this: "The rule is jam tomorrow and jam yesterday - but never jam today."- (Lewis Carroll Through the Looking Glass). It's quite amazing how apt this is for the spin we are being subjected to by ALL candidates and political parties in the final stages of electioneering!
PS/ I have still to decide how I will cast my votes, if at all!
UPDATE: (Wednesday 2MAY07 17.10 BST) I received a couple of extra pieces of literature this morning from the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, the first urging votes for the Conservative 'List' candidates for the Scottish Parliament because it is said that only a small increase in Conservative votes might result in three, rather than the current two, of their list candidates being elected, so this leaflet promotes the 3rd person on the list by making use of what strikes me as a 'sexy' photograph of the rather attractive young female candidate involved; although she seems eminently well-qualified to be an MSP I note that she works for the Foreign Office (see election leaflet) so assume she will be making changes to her current employment if she is elected. The other item received today is on behalf of the Conservative Local Government candidate for Highland Council (Ward 19, Nairn) - so far as I am aware this person is likely to be merely a 'paper' candidate as he seems to be completely unknown in Nairn and has an Inverness address (as does the Labour Party candidate).