Lo­cal democ­racy was elec­tion’s big­gest loser

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Your -

USU­ALLY, your pa­per is used by suc­cess­ful coun­cil­lors, and un­suc­cess­ful ex-coun­cil­lors thank­ing their elec­torate for sup­port.

How­ever, I be­lieve none of us suc­cess­ful coun­cil­lors should gloat about them­selves or the suc­cess of their par­tic­u­lar po­lit­i­cal party.

The lo­cal elec­tions were an almighty dis­as­ter for lo­cal democ­racy.

Although some of us, achieved vic­tory with the ma­jor­ity of the votes cast – most didn’t, and none of us got elected with a ma­jor­ity of those who could vote!

Ba­si­cally, a quar­ter of the Peter­bor­ough elec­torate voted . . . we have a city coun­cil rep­re­sent­ing a mi­nor­ity of the Peter­bor­ough public.

Not a very happy sit­u­a­tion to be in, for any of us.

For years I’ve been a firm ad­vo­cate of “Com­pul­sory Vot­ing” and I never fail to share my views to those around me.

What re­ally pleased me while can­vass­ing and “telling” at the polling sta­tions, within my own ward of Dogsthorpe, is that many peo­ple who voted con­sid­ered it their public duty to do so, stat­ing: “If you don’t vote, then you shouldn’t moan”.

“If I were you Adrian, I wouldn’t help those who come to you for help, when they freely ad­mit they didn’t vote and never do”.

Some­thing has got to change, and change rad­i­cally in our democ­racy.

We sim­ply can’t go on suf­fer­ing na­tional gov­ern­ments and lo­cal coun­cils be­ing elected with mi­nor­ity of votes cast. This is a recipe for so­cial un­rest and only gives us elected dic­ta­tor­ships.

I got 60 per cent of the votes cast in my own Ward – but around 75 per cent of the lo­cal elec­torate just couldn’t be both­ered.

I share many of their frus­tra­tions with politi­cians and po­lit­i­cal par­ties, but not ex­er­cis­ing their right to vote ef­fec­tively tells the mil­lions of peo­ple who died in the two World Wars that their sac­ri­fice was not ap­pre­ci­ated. That the suf­fragettes were his­tor­i­cal jesters.

The cur­rent elec­toral sys­tem stinks and the sooner peo­ple are taught to ap­pre­ci­ate their cur­rent free­doms of ac­tion and ex­pres­sion, and duly ex­er­cise their vote – then our gov­ern­ments and lo­cal coun­cils will end up do­ing more of what they want with­out re­course to what the gen­eral public wants.

We’ve ended up with a city coun­cil the ma­jor­ity of the Peter­bo­ri­ans never elected into of­fice, along with a gov­ern­ment we are go­ing to have to en­dure for an­other three years!

CLLR ADRIAN MIN­ERS (Dogsthorpe Ward)

The Lib­eral Party

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