Mid-term, local or European parliament elections are often viewed as a straw poll on governmental and opposition party performance, but not ones where issues come to the fore. Well not, it seems, in Chelmsford. The debate does not centre on Labour's next leader, the minutiae of Conservative policy, whether the Iraq war was legal or justified etc, etc. No, the argument is about how frequently kerbside recycling bins are emptied. Vote for the Tories and Chelmsford residents get a weekly collection, in line of course with 'Vote Blue, Go Green', the LibDems have reduced collection to every fortnight. All politics, after all, is local and personal; wouldn't this make a great debate on Newsnight?