Thursday, 5 May 2011

AV You Remembered?

Today is AV referendum day. There are no local elections except for those of you Worcester Parkers living in that little corner of our town that is forever 'Epsom & Ewell' who can enjoy the double thrill of choosing your local political representatives.

Blog reader 'Irritiated from Worcester Park' who lives in the Epsom & Ewell part of town, is feeling quite uninspired by the whole thing:

"The only reason I know that there is an election for the local candidates today is that I have received a polling card and,yesterday, a card from something called the Residents Association.

Apparently the Residents Association are "constantly in touch with all residents". Err, I have lived in Cuddington ward for over 16 years, and I have never met these people who purport to have my best interests at heart.

And I'm not being party political here, as I understand that there are a few other parties that have my best interests at heart as well. I couldn't tell you who they are though. But an educated guess tells me that they are the "mainstream". I've never met any of them either.

So, who are these people? Are they like gods? People say they exist, but you have no real proof and so just have to believe?

I think there should be another change in the polling system, and in brief, this is it. The candidates are provided with a list of names and addresses. They should be obliged to get off their lazy backsides and visit a substantial number of these addresses, have the courtesy to introduce themselves and obtain a signature as proof of visit.

Only when they have at least 80% proof of visit should they be allowed to stand.

Or everyone can vote for me instead, purely on the basis that I'm not going to make any effort to introduce myself to anyone and I am not going to tell anyone about my policies that I can make up if pressed.

Oh for a box on the voting slip where we can enter "NO CONFIDENCE".

Happy voting everyone!