It should be easier to call local referendums in the UK. Politics is too important to be left to the politicians.
Posts Tagged: Local democracy
Andrew Wood: The brave citizens who defeated electoral fraud in Tower Hamlets are faced with a huge legal bill
If the Cabinet Office won’t help defend democracy, why should ordinary citizens do it? The wrong signal is being sent out.
They can serve as living proof that politicians are public-spirited individuals who wish to drive positive change for their communities.
Don’t try to please everyone. Focus on results not endless meetings. It doesn’t matter what it says in the minutes – nobody reads them.
Jessica Studdert: Our national politics is broken. Renewal after Brexit needs to be built from the ground up.
“Taking back control” must also allow pioneering solutions to be tried out in local communities. Democracy is a process, not an event.
A clear campaign narrative that balances local and national priorities is crucial. Engage with community groups. Select candidates early. Use social media to complement, not replace, campaigning.
Ian McCord: Bay of Pigs, Challenger Space Shuttle, Northants County Council – groupthink destroyed them all
Too often local government lacks proper scrutiny. There is a closed-mindedness that ignores warnings and fails to consider long-term consequences.
Digital is changing the way we live our lives. Councils can’t keep up unless the younger generation are part of the decision making process.
CCHQ needs to make our troops recognise that local elections are vital staging posts for Westminster campaigns, and need to be fought just as hard.
The cap for triggering referendums must now yield to popular consent to pay more in local charges to improve local services.
Christine Hobson: How on earth can Conservatives in Guisborough select candidates for elections in Middlesbrough?
We can make progress in these local elections next year – but not if we’re frustrated by stupid new rules.
A proportional distribution of seats within multi-member wards would achieve greater fairness and more competition.
Smaller electoral areas with just one councillor each would make for less confusion, more accountability – and fewer one party states.
Full slates of Tory candidates have been achieved in the East Midlands, West Midlands, North East, South West and London (the first time in the capital since 1986).
Labour councillors see their chance to extinguish the only opposition voices left in the Council chamber, so they can continue their waste of taxpayers money, blame-shifting and failure to listen to residents unchecked.