Right across Rotherham the political scene is hotting up for 2014!
Candidates are being chosen and, for some, the campaigning for next years elections has already started!
Rothpol has resisted the temptation to become associated with any Political Party and nothing that follows, should be taken as indicating partisanship on Rothpols part. Not that Rothpol suspects, this will be believed by Akhtar?
The potential for conflicts of interest, has prevented Rothpol from accepting invitations to meet with any political grouping or party in recent years, for fear that Rothpols independence would be compromised.
Rotherham Politics exists to bring information to a wider audience, therefore it is necessary for Rothpol to personally investigate and report on political developments, voters may wish to take into account when deciding who to vote for, next May.
Rothpol recently accepted an invitation to meet with some Respect Party members. Respect, is Rotherham’s newest registered political party and Rothpol was keen to find out more from ‘the horses mouth’ as it were.
What Rothpol discovered was a group that is outward looking and determined to have an impact on Rotherham’s political scene, in the months and years to come.
Rothpol was impressed with their evident enthusiasm for the battle of ideas and feels sure that there will be eventual success for Respect in Rotherham.
The political platform that Respect espouses would be instantly recognisable to any Labour member that lived through the period before Blair took over Labour in a ‘Palace coup’! They are an avowedly socialist party and therefore, perhaps attractive to Rotherham’s disillusioned, stay at home, Labour voters? We shall no doubt see, in the fullness of time, what impact Respect has one advantage currently, they already have Jahangir Akhtars undivided attention!
On a more personal note, Rothpol is happy to report that, he was made to feel most welcome, which is always a good start for any nascent political party seeking change!
Finally, Rotherham Respect are in the late stages of organising their next public meeting for November, more on that to follow, once known! If curiosity takes you there, you may well be impressed!
So there you have it, whether readers support Respect or not, they will be a welcome part of Rotherham’s developing political scene!