As an apolitical businessman but avid reader of political blogs I attended the Esher & Walton open primary last Saturday. The attendance was huge - over 700 people. This was the most energised political meeting I have ever attended. It was a joy to listen to 6 articulate committed candidates all of whom would have made excellent MPs.
The winner (certainly not my first choice prior to the meeting) was outstanding. Dominic Raab will make a great candidate.
This process is a great way of engaging the local community - I talked to Labour voters, Libdems and Tories and they were all enthused at local democracy in action.
One major criticism of the candidate list was that there were no local candidates - I actually think this made it a more interesting choice - all had to commit to moving their families and had to work hard to understand local issues.
It is a tribute to all of them how much effort they had put it.
Having experienced a bruising 18 months in business and being very cynical of all political spin this restored a modicum of faith in our democratic system. Dominic has a lot to live up to but I feel optimistic.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Words to Warm the Cockles of My Chum's Heart
Here's an email I received last night, which Dominic Raab will certainly like, but I suspect that it will go down rather well with
Comrade my chum Eric Pickles...