Norwich Council Elections 2017: Too many councillors put parties before people
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The time will soon be upon us when according to ancient custom the citizens of Norwich will be invited to select and then elect a person to become a councillor.
This is done under a piece of legislation called 'The Representation of the People Act'.
Except the main candidates do not represent the people, they represent political parties.
They run a campaign run financially and physically by different political parties. We get swamped with cross-party mudslinging and utopian pipe dreams.
This together with much cliched collection of the rhetorical question.
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The only true representative of the people is the independent candidate who speaks only for the people on a non-political stand.
The independent has no political machinery or party funds and because the person is independent and not a political party is denied access to voter information by the administrative office in City Hall.
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The extreme effort needed, and put in, gets my vote every time.
Mike Pendred, Britannia Road, Norwich.