THREE leading coalition politicians were facing bloody noses in Halifax today as the local elections got under way.
And it’s got nothing to do with votes!
The Brass Cat pub in Cheapside mocked up an old-fashioned fairground punchbag machine with images of Prime Minister David Cameron, deputy Nick Clegg and Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne.
Customers paid a 50p charity donation to vent their frustration on the trio.
And there was no shortage of takers.
Gus Cadden and partner Danielle Banks are joint managers of the town-centre pub and said customers had plenty to moan about with rising prices.
“A lot of people are disgruntled,” said Gus.
“Everything is going up and up and we are getting the knock-on effect like everybody else.
“People talk about politicians in the pub. They have no choice.
“Politics affects everybody – so we gave them the chance to take their aggression out on something that doesn’t hit back or sue you.”
All proceeds go to the newly formed Clover Taverns Charitable Trust, which has a handful of pubs, including the Brass Cat.
The trust aims to support local worthy causes at each of its 10 outlets and will be accepting nominations from June.
Polling stations are open until 10pm tonight for voters to choose 17 councillors from 72 candidates to sit on Calderdale Council.
A referendum is also taking place for voters to choose if they wish to maintain the current system of electing MPs known as first-past-the-post where the person who tops the poll is elected.
The other option is the Alternative Vote where candidates are ranked in order of preference.
If no candidate gains more than half the first preference votes, the second preference votes of the candidate who finished last on the first count are redistributed.
The process is repeated until the winning candidate gets over 50 per cent.
See Saturday’s Courier for full results.
Who would you put on the punchbag – and why? Email: Yoursay@halifaxcourier.co.uk