Tuesday, 28 April 2009

Morecambe Town Council

I went to a meeting this evening (27th April) about the formation of a Morecambe Parish Council. Before I tell you some of the things that happened I will briefly mention that the Morecambe Bay Independent Party instigated the formation of the Parish Council. They are a party with seats on the district council. There are also other groups on the district council: the Labour Party, the Conservative Party, the Liberal Democrats, the Green Party, there are also some Independents, and to make it even more complicated there are some free independents.

Some of the Morecambe Bay Independents were present tonight, including the main proposer of the Parish Council. I felt that one person in the audience managed to insult her because he claimed that the best way that a council could act is without reference to party politics. She wished to make the point that her registered party was not a party (?) but acted on behalf of individuals as opposed to the other registered parties.

I agree with the comment that party politics is not the best way forward at any level, but it is the system that we have to live with. MPs are elected almost always because they are linked to a party. Occasionally you get single issue MPs like Martin Bell elected. Ideally we would have a fully participitative democracy and who knows, with the progress of technology we may eventually achieve this. In the meantime let's work with parties (including the Morecambe Bay Independent Party) to the best of our abilities.

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