Letter: Borough Not Well Served By Main Political Parties

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“Guildford Borough Council is not well served by the main national political parties. Political parties have no place in local government at all”

From Tony Ferris, standing as an independent candidate for Stoughton ward in the forthcoming Guildford Borough Council elections

I see with interest in the local press that there has been a flurry of letters from prospective candidates and pundits warming up the debate for the May 7 elections.

I believe that Guildford Borough Council is not well served by the main national political parties. Indeed, I think that political parties have no place in local government at all.

From what I have observed, the party system creates pointless ill feeling and is divisive. Over the years, we have seen the petty quarrels between the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats aired in the local media. It is not helpful or welcome.

With Guildford Borough Council adopting the cabinet system, a party line is adopted on all main decisions. Some may say that this is an efficient way of making decisions. I think that this just imposes party thinking on Guildford. A good idea is a good idea, regardless of the party line.

Independents make up nearly 6% of all councillors in the UK. Independents are a growing reality.

I intend to stand as an independent candidate in Stoughton this May. I hope that there will be many others giving Guildford an alternative to the present party regime.

 

Editor’s comment

It is worth noting that Epsom & Ewell Borough Council has been run independent of the main parties for over 70 years.  The main parties are represented but resident associations have held the majority. This has been the only borough council in the country to be so run.