Today I heard from a local councillor that there were many (other) councillors who were concerned about the Ukip effect and their main concern was whether they would hold their seats.
This is perhaps the main reason why I became active in politics. It is simply not right that any elected representative can sit back and have no concerns about whether they would hold their seats. Far too many are elected for life, regardless of what they do, so long as they keep in with their party. If this is not an incentive to be lazy then at least it is an incentive to simply keep friends in the local party, and both incentives have little to do with doing the right thing for the electorate.
Maybe I shouldn't be too harsh with Ukip, after all, they might be making ensconced councillors do some work.
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