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#257456 4-Oct-2019 09:50
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I have a friend who is running for local council. This has made me aware of something that had not really occurred to me before. There has been a lot of discussion about political participation and urging of more people to stand for election, but in practice local democracy is a lot like the undemocratic past, when only small elites could participate. Granted, you don't have to be a landowner or nobleman anymore, but you do need to have a fairly privileged existence.

 

It is very difficult for a normal person with a normal job and normal responsibilities to stand for council. This is what my friend has made me realise. She is one of the privileged few because she has her own business and can usually arrange to take time off when she needs to. Candidates for council need to make themselves available to all kinds of special interest groups who want to hear their policies. They need to attend endless meetings. They need the kind of day and evening schedule flexibility that Jill the service station attendant and Bob the builder are unlikely to be able to achieve. Which makes me wonder: How representative is local politics, actually? Most of our councillors seem to be business owners or non-wage earners who can control their own schedules. I don't think any are otherwise unemployed, or working eight hour day jobs. It seems to me that those who are able to participate in local politics must come from a fairly small pool. Is this correct? Does it need to change?

 

 





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  #2329469 4-Oct-2019 10:09
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Democracy is alive and well (?) it seems.
( I'm not making fun of people with diagnosed psychiatric disorders, I've had to deal with them all my life)

 

Schizophrenia actually is real - even if it covers a continuum / wide range of assorted  symptoms.

 

Chlamydia - not cladmidia isn't one of them.

 

 

 


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  #2329493 4-Oct-2019 10:30
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This has been a well acknowledged problem for some time now. It is why some councils have looked in to childcare services to allow councillors/community board members with young children to attend meetings. In some of the bigger councils they may pay the councillors enough to be their full time job. However in those places the cost of running a campaign will be much higher and effectively lock out a lot of people.


 
 
 
 


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  #2329501 4-Oct-2019 10:56
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Fred99:

 

Democracy is alive and well (?) it seems.
( I'm not making fun of people with diagnosed psychiatric disorders, I've had to deal with them all my life)

 

Schizophrenia actually is real - even if it covers a continuum / wide range of assorted  symptoms.

 

Chlamydia - not cladmidia isn't one of them.

 

[image removed]

 

 

What the heck did I just read?!? 🤯


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  #2329512 4-Oct-2019 11:31
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Unless the remuneration was attractive why would anybody want to do it? Same for being an MP.

 

Once you get past the small councils I imagine it's pretty political as well.


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  #2329578 4-Oct-2019 12:47
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MurrayM:

 

Fred99:

 

Democracy is alive and well (?) it seems.
( I'm not making fun of people with diagnosed psychiatric disorders, I've had to deal with them all my life)

 

Schizophrenia actually is real - even if it covers a continuum / wide range of assorted  symptoms.

 

Chlamydia - not cladmidia isn't one of them.

 

[image removed]

 

 

What the heck did I just read?!? 🤯

 

 

The official Candidate Profile from the Local Elections 2019 booklet, for one of the 23 candidates for 7 elected members of the Canterbury District Health Board.  The other 4 members are appointed by the Minister.

 

I suspect that of those who do vote (really not very many), some pick names more-or-less at random.

 

I think I'll talk to someone I know who deals with the board on a daily basis - should be more accurate than facebook.  The media doesn't do much to help, and that's why with the decline of commercial mainstream news media, we probably need to expand and protect (from political interference) our public news service.  Or democracy will fail.

 

 


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  #2329584 4-Oct-2019 13:07
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SJB:

 

Unless the remuneration was attractive why would anybody want to do it? Same for being an MP.

 

Once you get past the small councils I imagine it's pretty political as well.

 

 

 

 

Did you just say politics can get pretty political?


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  #2329609 4-Oct-2019 13:13
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Maybe should have said party orientated.


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