So, on the eve of what was supposed to be Brexit day, our elected representatives in Westminster are no closer to agreeing a deal than we are to finding Elvis Presley alive and well at the local chip shop.
I think I can confidently say everyone – whether you voted leave or remain – is equally fed up of this farce. This is apparent as I knock on doors around Leighton Buzzard – although Brexit is nothing to do with either Leighton Linslade Town Council or Central Beds Council, I have met a number of residents who have vented their frustration at what is happening in Parliament. I fully share their frustration, and I expect if someone knocked on my door who was vaguely linked to anything ‘political’ I too would make my feelings known.
But what is worse is the damage that has been done to our democracy – any faith in the ‘system’ has been shattered. Many are indicating that they won’t bother to vote on 2nd May – I can think of multiple reasons why you may feel this way … and unless someone pulls a rabbit out of the hat over the next few days, I too will think long and hard before I vote in future national elections.
Despite this, I would humbly encourage you to turn out on 2nd May and vote in the local elections. For many of you, asking you not to punish us for mistakes made in Parliament will probably fall on deaf ears. But let me give you some other reasons why you should vote on 2nd May.
- Your vote really does count in local elections – local Councillors are voted in on much smaller margins. It is not unusual for it to come down to one or two votes either way. So if you don’t like how the town is run, your vote could be the one which makes a difference.
- The services offered by the local council impact directly on your day to day life – many of the public services that you use on a daily basis are provided by the local council – either LLTC or CBC. They are your services – make sure you have a say in how they are delivered.
- Not voting won’t get rid of the Council – but you could end up with a Council that does not reflect your views. Whether you vote or not on 2nd May, a full set of Councillors will be elected to both LLTC and CBC. It would be a travesty if they were elected by less than 20% of the electorate.
- The best way to fix a broken political system is to engage with it – simply ignoring it won’t make it go away!
I’m not asking you to vote for me on 2nd May – I would be really grateful if you did, but that is not the point of this blog. I am simply asking you to vote for someone on 2nd May.