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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