The starting gun has fired & Parties are selecting candidates for the 2014 Council Elections.
It’s more important than we realise in single party places like North Korea and Rotherham. e.g. you want to vote Labour but the candidate they offer is either a drug dealer or the mummified remains of a trade union official in search of a pension. What can you do, stand yourself?
So using a simple Google search I surveyed the Parties for openness and transparency in selecting candidates & how you might get to be a candidate for one of them.
You in theory ought to be a member, have opinions, beliefs and at least a rudimentary knowledge of Politics. NB in Parliamentary elections these may be a hindrance. Ask Sarah.
Rotherham’s political party web sites revealed:
Conservatives: Nice clean site notifying would be candidates how to apply and informing that their nomination for Sitwell in 2014 is vacant. Is incumbent moving to UKIP?
Lib Dems Roth and Barnsley: Poor, no reference to elections or candidacy. The latest News item is dated Nov 2012, confirming popular belief that they’ve given up the ghost here.
UKIP –It galls me to say, but good. Fresh looking, Twitter feed and a section inviting people to apply to be candidates. A welcoming and modern effort from the old right wingers.
TUSC – A worthy Stalinist approach – here’s a form fill it in. Old Millers joke “what time does the match start?” “What time can you make it and can you bring your boots.”
Respect –Short on “your role”, long on Gorgeous Georgy G’s. What’s new pussycat?
The Labour Party…. Using the same criteria as elsewhere there was a good showing from Rothpol but nothing from the LP local or national. Extra effort got me to the Labour Group web site; news feed of party platitudes, nice picture of a VW Golf and escaped prisoners. Nothing about elections or candidacy.
So I asked an LP friend about selection. ” Somebody turns up at a Ward meeting with friends you didn’t know they had” was the reply. What about other Wards? Reply “another Country”.
The LP bangs on about attracting young people, ethnic minorities, disabled and women. Yet they make little effort to engage and listen, its just pay up and keep shut. After a big upsurge in LP membership post the Lib Dems joining the Tories , membership is waning rapidly. Wonder why?
Betting on who will be the new LP candidates
The mummified remains of a Union official – evens
Family/friend/lover of a Councillor – un-evens (daft enough to try Ms Wright again? 3 to 1 on)
You, your family — umm— a cat in hells…
….Coming soon “Proposal for an alliance to fight corrupt postal voting in 2014”