I totally agree with Jim, particularly with the last line about the commons. However more than this it needs to then move across to County , District Councils and then to town and parish council, as so often the councillors hide behind their voting. In my experience the clerk sometimes does not have their head up when voting happens ( due to recording the meeting via shorthand etc.) , and so relies on others to say how many voted rather than who voted. It also means that chosen people are promoted (often by the chair and with party allegiance) by being written down as the proposer and seconder, whilst others are ignored. Added to this, as most of the decisions are decided out of the council meeting via allegiances or clerk requests, then I question the need of a council at all. It just becomes, (as another councillor kept saying when I started) ‘a rubber stamping experience’ and I for one did not sign up for that.
Interestingly I also experienced over many meeting as a councillor that if your face doesn’t fit then if you voted controversially i.e. for the people rather than for an allegiance, it is logged against your name. I find this sad as the needs of the people are valued far below the ego of the individual councillors and more so the further down the tree you go. So much for transparency!
I must confess.
Today I voted in one of the most bizarre elections in the world. And I voted for someone who was eligible to be a candidate because he is the great grandson of Herbert Asquith, the former British Prime Minister. I was also one of an exclusive electorate, as members of the House of Lords were the only people eligible to vote.
But the Lords are not elected, I hear you cry! That is mostly true but not when it comes to the ones that are there by birth. Yes, this was the by-election for a vacancy for a hereditary peer (see my earlier blog), and on this occasion the whole House was eligible to vote (with convention saying it ought to be a Liberal).
I voted because I thought I should, but clearly this is the Lords at its most ridiculous.
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