Saturday, 10 May 2014

Wokingham Borough Council Elections. Weasil out the Crooks. Chance to win £50.

Update. It would appear that only I bothered. I have a handful of responses from non mainstream parties, which I will do a little vlog on. I have spent the £50 on some new trainers, two tank tops and some grey shorts.

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Most current politicians are odd slippery characters with two imperatives.

1. Commit to nothing.
2. Don't say no to you (that will lose your vote)



 
This game is simple.

Send an e-mail to a / some local borough councillor candidates(s) asking them to commit transparency and accountability as per the SMART-voter.org terms. You are allowed follow up communications.

Try to get them to;
1. Do it.
2. Refuse to do it.
3. Give a good reason why they can't.

You will likely get none of the above. What we are interested in is the way they get out of answering your question.

Send a copy of the communications to ask@SMART-voter.org.

Entries close Midnight Friday 16th of May.

On Saturday we will have a video panel going through the answers and picking our favourites for whatever reasons come to mind at the time for example comic effect and dialogue between a voter and their candidate.

The addresses below are for generic local political party leaders or administrative contacts.

If you wish to try to get a response from your actual local candidates then this link might help to find our who your candidate are so you can google their names.

http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/council/elections/boroughelection/?categoryesctl6284731=3321

Happy hunting.

P.S Please do e-mail this to your friends. The candidate research is hopefully more important than the reward.

E-mail 1: Lib Dems

steven.scarrott@ntlworld.com
Subject. Borough Elections. Commitment to democracy.
Dear Mr Scarrot

I am involved in the Wokingham Borough Elections and have been made aware that you are standing candidates for the Liberal democrats.

I have become increasingly disenfranchised with politicians over recent years and have decided to join a public movement that ensures we have the facts we need to make an informed decision.

I hope you can respect how important it is that people can not be misled by those with vested interests.
Please can arrange for each of your candidates to sign the SMART-voter.org contract and make public their obligations in a simple and concise manner so that I may consider their candidacy. If they have no policies that you are willing to commit to they need only provide a blank promise list.
If there are reasons why you feel that you can not provide this level of transparency, please do let me know what they are. The movement is young and will no doubt have some teething problems
Kind Regards
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E-mail 2: Tory. You will have to send via their online form.

http://www.wokinghamconservatives.org.uk/contact

Subject. Borough elections. Commitment to democracy.
Dear Sir / Madam

I am due to vote in the Borough Elections and have been made aware that you are standing a candidate in every ward.

I have become increasingly disenfranchised with politicians over recent years and have decided to join a public movement that ensures we have the facts we need to make an informed decision.

I hope you can respect how important it is that people can not be misled by those with vested interests.

Please can arrange for each of your candidates to sign the SMART-voter.org contract and make public their obligations in a simple and concise manner so that I may consider their candidacy. If they have no policies that you are willing to commit to they need only provide a blank promise list.

If there are reasons why you feel that you can not provide this level of transparency, please do let me know what they are. The movement is young and will no doubt have some teething problems
Kind Regards

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Email 3: Labour

http://www.readinglabour.org.uk/contact.html

Subject. Borough elections. Commitment to democracy.
Dear Sir / Madam
I am due to vote in the Borough Elections and have been made aware that you are standing some candidates.

I have become increasingly disenfranchised with politicians over recent years and have decided to join a public movement that ensures we have the facts we need to make an informed decision.

I hope you can respect how important it is that people can not be misled by those with vested interests.

Please can arrange for each of your candidates to sign the SMART-voter.org contract and make public their obligations in a simple and concise manner so that I may consider their candidacy. If they have no policies that you are willing to commit to they need only provide a blank promise list.

If there are reasons why you feel that you can not provide this level of transparency, please do let me know what they are. The movement is young and will no doubt have some teething problems
Kind Regards

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Email 4: UKIP

http://ukipbracknell.webs.com/contactus.htm

Subject. Borough elections. Commitment to democracy.
Dear Sir / Madam
I am due to vote in the Borough Elections and have been made aware that you are standing some candidates.

I have become increasingly disenfranchised with politicians over recent years and have decided to join a public movement that ensures we have the facts we need to make an informed decision.

I hope you can respect how important it is that people can not be misled by those with vested interests.

Please can arrange for each of your candidates to sign the SMART-voter.org contract and make public their obligations in a simple and concise manner so that I may consider their candidacy. If they have no policies that you are willing to commit to they need only provide a blank promise list.

If there are reasons why you feel that you can not provide this level of transparency, please do let me know what they are. The movement is young and will no doubt have some teething problems
Kind Regards

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Email 5: Green

info@readingGreenParty.org.uk

Subject. Borough elections. Commitment to democracy.
Dear Mr White
I am due to vote in the Borough Elections and have been made aware that you are standing some candidates.

I have become increasingly disenfranchised with politicians over recent years and have decided to join a public movement that ensures we have the facts we need to make an informed decision.

I hope you can respect how important it is that people can not be misled by those with vested interests.

Please can arrange for each of your candidates to sign the SMART-voter.org contract and make public their obligations in a simple and concise manner so that I may consider their candidacy. If they have no policies that you are willing to commit to they need only provide a blank promise list.

If there are reasons why you feel that you can not provide this level of transparency, please do let me know what they are. The movement is young and will no doubt have some teething problems
Kind Regards
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