Today is polling day for a lot of local councils - I continue to not understand why local parties affiliate themselves with national parties.
It only serves to get people voting on national policy, instead of voting for local candidates on their own merits.
I mean, I'd never feel happy voting "Conservative" in local elections. But if it was just "Ann-Marie from down the street", I'd be more lilkely to vote for her even if the policy was "better funding for busses" in both cases.
I kinda get why local council elections affiliate with national parties in the sense that it also *gets* them voters, as much as it looses them voters.
In the sense that Joe who always votes labour will always vote labour in national, and local issues.
But thats a silly way to vote. Voting should always be about policy, not vague ideas of what a party represents.
I'm getting into "Political parties are stupid".
But the reason they exist is that effecting change is easier when you have a whole group of elected officials who are aiming for the same thing - I guess that is a political party.
Except, it isnt, not in the UK at a national level. Because the officials believe in the *party* and vote on the party line because of whips. So you're never electing an official with their own beliefs and goals for their constituents anyway.
@s It doesn't help that local councils have very little powers anyway (especially with their funding decreased from national government) so it's largely a symbolic thing unless there happens to be a big local issue at the time
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