Tuesday, 2 June 2009

Back... (sort of)

A lazy post here, because I've got lots of work to do... Extract from Ian Onions piece in today's BEP. I've said this plenty of times before, but it bears repeating.

"Unlike most councils, Bristol continues to use a senseless election system in which a third of the city's seats are contested every year for three years (there are no elections every fourth year). It's senseless because it's difficult to understand what you are voting for or what difference it makes. You might find a green voting slip coming through your door if you live in north Bristol but if you live south of the river, the local elections will pass you by because no seats are being contested there.

Our neighbours in North Somerset and South Gloucestershire hold all-out elections every four years which is far more sensible.It means everyone has a say on who runs the council at the same time. It also means a clean break, an easily defined watershed when one administration stops and another starts. Even if the same party is in control, all-out elections can mark a new beginning, a chance to make changes. In Bristol, councillors are always keeping one eye on the elections which are always just around the corner."

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