May 5, 2022
From Alternative Bristol (UK)
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We’ll keep this short and sweet: Dump The Mayor. Now.
No More Rees’s Nor Ferguson’s.
Power Corrupts.
Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely.

Much has been said & written on this Mayoral referendum by the chattering class & their media outlets. But essentially there are two positions:
First up, the business class, along with those favoured by Mayor Rees & his coterie of fixers & PR con merchants, want to keep the Mayor. Of course they do – they’ve done quite nicely out of it!
Second up, the political ‘democrats’, many of whom want more power, because they’ve not done so well out of the Mayoral system; along with a few who do genuinely want a more democratic & transparent form of local government, but have yet to get their heads around the reality that such a thing just isn’t possible at present (ie because of too much centralised power in Westminster).

There is of course a third position – that you can never trust a politician! This can be a principled and correct position; but also a position arrived at from a sense of alienation, demoralisation, and disenfranchisement – that you can’t change anything and that whoever you vote for makes no difference anyway.

The turnout on the 5th of May is likely to reflect a victory for the third position, but in of itself that won’t actually result in any real change! That would need much more than a vote/referendum every 4, 5 or 10 years.
The real question is – are enough Bristolians up for putting in the hard yards to bring about some really fundamental change? And that option is not on the ballot paper. Only time will tell.




Source: Alternativebristol.com