With two local government by-elections to fight (one in Maidstone and the other in Tunbridge Wells) any hopes of a quiet August have gone out of thee window at West Kent Towers. Today we had an office-full of volunteers packing, opening, sorting, data-capturing and franking. Last Saturday 7,000 Residents' Surveys landed on the doormats with a further 4,000 going out this Saturday. We also have a fantastic team of 28 people canvassing this weekend. No wonder the press refer to August as the silly-season.