Intended for a broad audience, Corrie has always avoided too many direct political preferences on the show lest it alienate its viewers. While it does tackle social issues, it’s not the West Wing with well-educated leftist yuppies going around telling the less enlightened what’s best for them.
That said, 2008 has been a highly charged political year with the election of the first African-American president in the U.S., Gordon Brown doing whatever it is Gordon Brown does, and there was an election, followed by a kind of constitutionally legal coup d’etat, in Canada that didn’t happen when the prime minister closed parliament and asked that lady who lives across the street for some pierogies. Or something.
And today, us Québecois are off the polls in an election that has electrified absolutely nobody.
This year saw many people who don’t normally make an issue of their politics declaring their preference. It got me wondering, when it comes to the ballot box, who do our favourite characters vote for?
KEN BARLOW – LABOUR
Guardian reader, teacher, intellectual and the most overtly political character, Ken is the original fan of the welfare state and never wavered in his support for Labour since he was entitled to vote. These days, he spends his time on left-leaning web forums apologising for Tony Blair’s friendship with George W. Bush
DEIRDRE BARLOW – CONSERVATIVE
But doesn’t tell Ken.
BLANCHE HUNT – CONSERVATIVE
But thought Margaret Thatcher was “stroppy.”
EMILY BISHOP – CONSERVATIVE
What else would she be?
NORRIS COLE – CONSERVATIVE
Norris is almost a parody of right-wing reactionary, tabloid readers, thinking that some minor vandalism is a sympton of a larger crime wave and a result of a justice system gone soft.
RITA SULLIVAN – CONSERVATIVE
Really as a holdover from the days when her burlesque dancing seemed so much naughtier when the Tories were in power.
ROY CROPPER – GREEN PARTY
Increased his operating overhead 150% by insisting all produce be local and organic.
CARLA CONNOR – CONSERVATIVE
In high school, slept with a photo of Margaret Thatcher under her pillow.
Usually forgets to vote, is apathetic, might lean Labour, if he thought of it.
MICHELLE CONNOR – NONVOTER
Voting cuts into her crying time.
VIOLET WILSON – NONVOTER
Violet once showed up to vote but wouldn’t stop complaining and she was asked to leave.
SEAN TULLEY – LABOUR
All the way due to its more progressive policies but neglects to vote if it conflicts with Strictly Come Dancing.
BETTY – MONSTER RAVING LOONEY PARTY
Everyone has to have their secrets.
GERRY MORTON – LIBERAL DEMOCRATS
Only so he can say, “Don’t blame me. I voted for the other guys (who never win).”
SALLY WEBSTER – UNDECIDED
Whichever party’s candidate is the most attractive and successful looking.
KEVIN WEBSTER – LABOUR
I don’t know why. Small business owner. Seems to fit the profile. Also once stated that private education is against his principles.
KIRK SUTHERLAND – DEMOCRAT*
*Went into the polling and asked where on the ballot might he find Barack Obama.
What do you all think? Does Corrie lean to the left or to the right? Or is it Fair and Balanced?