Three dropped

York Press: Three dropped Three dropped

DO WE really have democracy in York or is it just a veneer?

Take the recent Labour Party councillor selection at Clifton – reduced from three positions to two because of boundary changes. Three of the candidates are already serving the ward but, unbelievably, all three – Ken King, David Scott and Helen Douglas found they had been dropped – despite 50 years service among them with CVs including Lord Mayor, leader of York Labour group and chair of safety overview and scrutiny.

I don’t know any of them personally, but it would appear to be shabby treatment for dedicated, loyal public service.

Politics is a brutal business – but at least they were stabbed in the front. Were they too old; do they not tow the party line, have they just gone past their sell-by date or just ineffective?

Some 20 branch members – out of the thousands who live in the ward – decided their fate. We only vote on candidates locally and nationally selected for us in a process outside our control as, ordinary mortals, we have no say.

Perhaps we should be thankful we are allowed to put a cross “X” on paper – but is this really democracy?

Keith Massey, Acaster Malbis, York.

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10:32am Wed 16 Jul 14

Jonothon says...

Looks like there is something seriously wrong at the heart of the local Labour machine, it will come to light eventually.

The one positive thing is that the cull has got rid of some dead wood, people who have been sitting on the council benches for years, preferring to live off expenses rather than go to work, and with nothing at all to show for it all in terms of improving life in the City
Looks like there is something seriously wrong at the heart of the local Labour machine, it will come to light eventually. The one positive thing is that the cull has got rid of some dead wood, people who have been sitting on the council benches for years, preferring to live off expenses rather than go to work, and with nothing at all to show for it all in terms of improving life in the City Jonothon
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9:16pm Thu 17 Jul 14

Pinza-C55 says...

The only democratic right you have in this country is to go along to an old school every 5 years and put an X next to a name on a piece of paper.
Everything else is a delusion.
The only democratic right you have in this country is to go along to an old school every 5 years and put an X next to a name on a piece of paper. Everything else is a delusion. Pinza-C55
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