Regarding the Cabinet Call report in the Spalding Guardian on Thursday, March 26, by the South Holland District Council leader Gary Porter.
I agree that if anyone is passionate enough about their local community and has the time to represent their ward, then certainly have a go at standing in the May 7 local elections.
Surely this is only encouraging people to actually spoil their ballot paper?
If Mr Porter is so concerned wth the lack of candidates, the council should review the reasons why people are so disengaged with politics in South Holland And The Deepings.
Also more should have been done during Mr Porter’s period in office to enable ordinary working people to get involved in local politics and not feel excluded.
It is vital to have people that care about where they live and what they can do on behalf of the people in our local wards that will benefit our standards going forward with a new council over the next four years.
Do we want business as usual, a protest or a caring local council that will be making very important decisions – we all have this choice to make on May 7.
But what concerns me the most is the leader of the council and his comment about the actual ballet paper in the report.
Mr Porter is urging people to turn out, but if they don’t really think that any of the people standing offer a choice, he is asking the electorate to make a witty comment on the paper.
Surely this is only encouraging people to actually spoil their ballot paper? I find this comment very concerning, especially coming from the current leader of the council, at the time of submitting this letter.
If people really do think that all the candidates are not fit for purpose, perhaps it’s time to restructure the format of the ballet paper and have a box at the bottom specifically for none of the above.
This would not be deemed as a spoilt paper, but would give the returning officer that vital information required.
Mr Porter, I will be voting on May 7 and I will not be making any witty comments on my ballet paper, but perhaps I will leave them for after May 7.