About time things were all shook up
IT seems as though I’ve ruffled a few feathers in my belief that compulsory voting should be introduced in all our elections!
Good – about time somebody started to shake the malaise of those too busy with their own lives, not to be bothered with what happens to their neighbour.
Apathy was the biggest winner on election day, and if society soon doesn’t wake up to the deterioration of our personal freedoms, then we can all kiss goodbye to ‘Letter Pages’ in our media.
Some of the ruffled feathers have sought to make the whole argument personal, attacking yours truly as an individual – why?
I have suggested that our Ballot Papers should include a box “None of the above” - that perhaps we should introduce online voting and that all of us have a duty to ensure the legitimacy of our democratic system.
It is true that negative campaigning by some politicians, encourages apathy and that we must move to the position where positive campaigning is the norm. This must be coupled with the media helping to ensure its reporting isn’t always about the negatives.
I’ve put myself up for public scrutiny and offered voters to judge my actions and service eight times, so far! Perhaps, all those so keen to argue about compulsory voting and tell us local politicians where we are going wrong, should consider offering themselves up for election?
Isn’t there an old saying “Put up or shut up”!
Perhaps this should be my last response to the ‘Compulsory Voting’ argument, as maybe my energies are better re-directed to the system we currently use to register our votes. Namely, the ‘First-pastThe-post’ voting system! Now if ever there is a blatant corruption of peoples choices - this is it. I’m a keen advocate of ‘Preferential Voting’ using the Single Transferable Vote (STV) system, but perhaps this may ruffle even more feathers in more glass houses? Cllr Adrian Miners
(Liberal Party) Dogsthorpe Ward I AM writing to say a huge, huge thankyou to all the 1286 people who voted for me in Park Ward last Thursday.
I am pleased to say that I will be continuing to work with our brilliant Labour Branch and will continue to work with residents, multi-agencies and community groups as part of the Labour Group to help improve opportunities and tackle neglect and inequality in our city.
We have a lively and active Labour Branch Group and now hold 11 seats on the city council and have become the main opposition party. I feel very proud to have been part of such a hard fought campaign across Peterborough that saw five new Labour Councillors elected.
I would urge anyone who has become inspired and interested in working with such dedicated and caring people, to please email me email@example.com.
The best thing about this election, is that I have met and spoken to so many people and families, everyone has been very welcoming on the doorstep and I have enjoyed getting to know my local area at this level. I have also made some excellent friends and formed some strong alliances with many people, and look forward to working with them in the future.
The biggest thankyou goes out to my family and the people who worked so hard for me, so enthusiastically and politely in the face of lots of pressure. Many thanks to you all. NICOLA DAY-DEMPSEY
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