VOTE FOR ME! PETERBOROUGH
|Political Fletton Quays. Unlikely bedfellows but involves two offshore tax havens for the rich.|
The Isle of Man and Luxembourg.
We won't immediately spoil the fun of going through the lists, just click on the link above, the bar isn't set very high, but some who said publicly they would not be standing again, do amazingly appear on the list of candidates. Even incudes an 'old lag' or two..
Unlike previous local elections we will not be featuring individual candidates on here, simply as on the top left hand corner of this blogsite is a powerful search engine box devoted to five years or so of this blog, just enter the name of the candidate or party (or a favourite vegetable or phrase such as Turnip, Dear Leader, robotic voting or even White Handbag) to pull up a selection of previous posts.
Cllr Spanker featured for a while, wonder whatever happened to him? Out of the 200 or so hopefuls, just bear in mind past performance is no guarantee of what lies ahead. They might even improve!
Prime Minister: 'Better Life for themselves and their children..'
The next few years will be traumatic, we fear for young families just starting out, and the many regions putting substantial political effort into their offer (Glasgow and Cambridge springs to mind). They seem to attract the most public and private investment and have few vacant properties. We seem to get Sheds and more Sheds! Bridge Street is still a mess....
We really need some hardworking, hands on influential councillors, not ones who are just taking the allowances, topping up pensions, One past member (now mercifully retired) admitted all her council allowances went on funding back-to-back cruises. Others spent chamber time filling in Christmas Cards during a major core meeting (its on video). They also need to attend meetings, and physically hold regular councillor surgeries.
We are however stuck with Fletton Quays voted through by outgoing councillors a few weeks ago, but is it right that Peterborough City Council is in partnership with tax avoiding offshore tax haven countries (Isle of Man and Luxembourg)? Borrowed public funding by the City Council will be passing through those offshore tax havens. ....
Remember the Wards have been redrawn and some names changed, for example: Cardea is lumped in with Stanground South and Stanground East as a Ward, has vanished off the map.
Some of these seats will be won by just a few votes, single figures even. So if you think your vote doesn't matter, by not voting, ...YOU ARE SO WRONG. Your Ward may be lumbered with someone wholly unsuitable for the next five years, when your vote may have just swung the poll, in a totally different direction.... USE YOUR VOTE!
Postal votes will be out very soon, click on the link here for a form, and we understand 'the harvesting of postal votes' is going to be closely examined. Simply, do not allow anyone (including candidates) to fill in and sign your postal form for you.
Going through the lists, there are even a couple of names, that might be better suited for inclusion on the 'Panama Papers' as the whole Fletton Quays 'omnishambles', and the Peterborough Investment Partnership or PIP now turns out to be a multiplicity of 'offshore financial instruments' based in the Isle of Man and Luxembourg....
We face the prospect of British taxpayer funded public money being fed though the Isle of Man and Luxembourg tax havens, before a single brick is laid.... How on earth did this ever get through? No doubt a prime question for the doorstep....
Best of luck to all. Hardhats all round!
The following guidance documents are available from the Electoral Commission website:
Electoral fraud is an illegal interference with the process of an election.
There are many different types of electoral fraud including:
- vote buying
- ballot stuffing
- misrecording of votes
- misuse of postal or proxy votes
- destruction or invalidation of ballot papers.
Election fraud hotlineIf you are suspicious or worried about anything to do with voting and elections. Report it to the PCC Election fraud hotline on 01733 452277 or to Police 101. If you believe an offence is taking place immediately call 999.
Protect your voteThere are simple steps you can take in order to prevent yourself falling prey to electoral fraud:
- keep polling cards and postal ballots safe at home, not allowing others to handle them at any time
- if you arrive at the polling station and someone has voted in your name, notify the Presiding Officer who will provide you with a tendered ballot allowing you to vote
- when filling in postal ballots, do so alone.
- Do not allow anyone else to see you choice or cast it on your behalf
- Put postal ballots into the envelope and seal it yourself
- Under no circumstances give your postal ballot to anyone else before the envelope is sealed
- if anyone tries to help you against your will or force you to give them your postal vote, contact the police on 999
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