Independents don’t have to operate in the same way. They aren’t subject to the pressures of automatic loyalty which is often reinforced with range of carrot and stick accompaniments. The likelihood is that independents will be better representatives, because the pool from which they can be selected is larger than the miniscule size of political party membership. Above all, though is the importance of a single loyalty. To the people, to the constituents and not muddied or diluted by party demands and ulterior agendas.
On May 6th, we have two candidates for the KCC election. We’ll be delivering a leaflet to each house in the division to let people know that there is a real alternative to the political parties standing, yet also to deliver a message that serving your community as a councillor can be a rewarding activity and it brings you closer to the people who live here as well as providing real opportunities to change things. It is our intention to provide or support an independent candidate for each of the 54 vacancies in the 24 wards that make up the Borough, in 2023.
Over the next two years we’ll be holding events and seminars to de-mystify the process and provide help and encouragement to people who may not have even thought about running for office before. It’s important, therefore, that you let us know through one of the mechanisms on the site so that we can keep you informed of future activities. The website is a work in progress, so if something isn’t there yet just use the contact us option.
Just to finish on this, I want to acknowledge that we do have some good councillors in parties and in our borough. I’ve no doubt that when they can, they do their best for the community. The problem is that the overriding allegiance to a party hierarchy can, sometimes, override their individual concerns and force them to agree to actions that are in the interests of their party, often the national party, and not the constituents they should be serving, the development in Capel a classic example.
You can be sure that they would like this situation to pertain. There is zero interest from political parties in encouraging or educating people to become elected representatives, unless it is under their banner and their rules. Quite simply, they need compliant people and independents tend to act in quite the opposite manner.
That’s jolly inconvenient for the parties, but fantastic news for you .