I watched Question Time last night. It is always going to be for the last time yet I always tune in hoping that some one will actually capture the hearts and imagination with an idea, rather than just pander to their own political, personal or professional interests. Don’t the politicians on the panel realise that they have lost the trust and faith of the people they serve? The biggest political issue today is not that UKIP are winning by-elections or that Lib Dem support has fallen off a cliff. It’s that less than 50% of people can be bothered to turn out to vote at all. Leadership is about taking people with you, not expecting them to follow. Whether you agreed with Thatcher or Blair, it was those qualities that captured the hearts and minds of the electorate.
We’re mad as hell and we’re not going to take this anymore”. Those famous lines spoken by Peter Finch in the 1976 film ‘Network’ sum up what a great many people believe about the current state of our political system.
I share some of that frustration, and rather than sit and shout at the newspaper, radio or TV I decided to try and funnel my frustration and energy into becoming a local Borough Councillor.
Councillors can’t have any impact over issues like the EU, immigration, income tax, fiscal and foreign policy and international aid. They can make a real difference to things like local health and social care, planning & housing and the health of our local economy and the communities we live in.
So over the course of my election campaign, and beyond if I am elected, I will use this forum to share my thinking on issues that matter to local people. Whether you agree or disagree, I hope you’ll share your thoughts with me.