Give or take a few hours it is six weeks and three days until the General Election, when polls open and you, the voter, decide who you want to represent you in Tynwald for the next five years.
Between now and then many of us will no doubt hear from businesses, parents, teachers, friends, colleagues and even journalists what they think we should be asking candidates.
Well for the first time in this election cycle, Gef is going to go out on a limb and tell you exactly what you should be asking candidates. At first, we thought it would be difficult to do, how do you combine the economy and off island transport links with improving the roads and moving to greener energy?
But in actuality it is very simple.
You should ask candidates any question, on any subject, as long as it matters to you.
If you want to know how we solve overcrowded schools, ask it, if you want to know why we don’t have a new gas deal, ask it, if you want to know why the DoI hasn’t fixed that pothole outside number 12 which sees cars swerving into the middle of the road every morning, then ask it.
It really isn’t for us, or anyone else to tell you what you should be asking or what type of candidate you should support. All we say is this, yes talk to people about the election, exchange ideas and you’ll probably think of something else along the way, but ask questions about what matters to you. We live in an increasingly ever connected world, so if you’re at work or school when candidates come knocking, then message them on Facebook or Tweet them. Maybe even go old school and ring them up. But just don’t find yourself standing in a hall somewhere around the island on September 23 voting for someone because your mate or your mum told you they’re a good person, or worse not voting at all because you don’t know what any of them stand for.
It’s your vote, it’s your decision, so do what you can to make sure you’re making the right decision for you.
Oh and make sure you’re registered.