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Monday, April 10, 2017

Time is running out. Get on the Electoral Roll, PRONTO!

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Julian Bray writes: I did briefly for a nano-second consider running for Mayor, ( possibly in the style of the late Hollywood Actor John Vernon - he played many a ruthless town hall boss ) then I don't know if you can dare tear yourself away from important tasks such as watching paint dry, trying not to stand on the cracks between paving slabs, counting dots on the backs of ladybirds or for a bit of sport seeing how many reckless cyclists are being stopped and fined in Bridge Street, Peterborough ( answer:  precious few ) or entering a sweepstake to see which year the Town Bridge works might be completed, or even when the dead trees will be replaced along the designer rusting iron plated Bourges Boulevard, but force yourself, put down your dowsing rods, and brace yourself, as there is an important event happening on Thursday May 4th 2017.


The late John Vernon, Hollywoods idea of a City hall Mayor  

It is of course the Election of the Mayor for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority.

In order to cast your vote, (or allegedly participate in a fraudulent postal vote by filling in or handling the form for someone else - DONT DO IT PEOPLE!), the voter must be recorded on the Electoral Roll, otherwise they will be totally excluded from the voting process.   

There is a website enticingly entitled:

www.chooseyourmayor.org 
or call the Peterborough helpline on 01733 452249
email electoralservices@peterborough.gov.uk 

Despite the fact that a totally unsuitable person, (possibly a councillor from a distant far off city, with little or no big business experience, and not a clue as to what Peterborough is all about...)  may be elected mayor, simply as they managed to scrape up the gate money £5k to get on the list, there is great fun still to be had by tactical voting, trying to ensure someone is going to lose their £5k deposit. This makes in our book, voting to be very worthwhile and thoroughly good sport.   

The election literature we've seen so far is pretty dismal, very short on detail, nothing about the detailed commercial experience of each candidate and skill in handling large sums of public money,  equally its long on hyperbole. Few of the likely runners, the flat-earthers possibly,  even know where Peterborough is, let alone know of its problems - the election leaflets are very revealing.

So the plea is get yourself and your family and anyone else living under your roof, on the Electoral Register, and if you are so inclined telephone the candidates and find out if they really will be of value to you as YOUR Mayor!

You'll also be in pole position for the local Authority Elections in 2018, when finally we might just dislodge some of our more backsliding knuckle-dragging councillors, some well past their sell by dates, the same crowd who recently voted themselves a massive increase in allowances when the City budget debt is nearing an all time high....      

Finally spare a thought for our poor Broadcasters, the BBC is now also regulated by OFCOM,  but broadcasters face an onerous set of legal restrictions over what they can say during an election period. Their print colleagues don't carry such a heavy burden....    




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