Democracy is not something i have much faith in. Democracy can be
abused and does get abused on a regular basis.
The democracy we have in this geographical region is no different. Its open, Its relatively transparent, but ultimately its very flawed, and does not work the way we come to expect democracy to work. I have blogged about this subject before.
the reason i want to comment on this subject today is because i have just discovered another flaw in our 'gloriously fair democratic process'
to be part of it, you have to pay! yes you heard me right taking part in democracy may very well be 'free' but actually getting involved by putting yourself forward in democracy is not free.
I’ll get to the point before i start losing viewers.
In order to be declared a candidate in the PCC elections on 15th November you need £5000! (if you get 5% of the vote you get the money back) This is not a joke or a rumour; i had it confirmed by a very nice lady at the electoral commission less than an hour ago after reading it on a UNISON website.
The party politicians don’t have to worry about raising these funds because they are members of a private club that not only pays for their name to go on the ballot but dictates to them what they can say and do. They decide the mandate that the candidate will run on and not the individual actually running.
The bottom line here is an independent candidate with no money or private members club to pay for everything has no chance of even getting on the ballot let alone run a campaign.
This is immensely frustrating because every time I read a local news story about the Labour candidates for the PCC the comments page is loaded comments from people who don’t want a party politician running the police. Right or wrong the majority of people I have spoken to directly and the comments I have seen posted, don’t want a politician running the police. They just don’t want politics and policing to mix.
Here are a couple comments posted by readers of the Scunthorpe telegraph:
Monday, March 12 2012, 3:42PM
“Policing and Politics are a bad mix”
Friday, May 11 2012, 2:52PM
“I think the police should work to uphold the laws of this country and not be ruled over by any member of a political party”
Here is the big kick in the teeth though. The electoral commission made these rules and they are telling me that they can’t be changed. When these rules are put to parliament, parliament is just going to accept them. They can offer no amendments or changes to the rules. They have to accept them, and why wouldn’t they. Parliament is run by politicians from private members clubs so why would they want to change rules that benefit their clubs.
Democracy does not work. It is failing and the ordinary person on the street has no control over its abuse.
It’s quite simple everyone. You can’t change the process and unless you have the money you can’t join in with the process. Join a party/private members club and you can look forward to being put in a position of authority, but then you have no autonomy because you are then owned by the club and you have to do what they tell you.
There is no defending this. This rule can’t be defended. It’s unreasonable to the point of being a joke
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