6 January 2010

24 hours from honesty?

With the election less than 24 hours away, it is really heartening to observe that so many of the candidates seem committed to turning over a new leaf if they are elected to Somerton Town Council. Those that I've managed to meet or speak to, irrespective of whether or not they agree with the M&B view of the world, all seem to embrace a set of values and standards which were alien to the old guard on Somerton Town Council.

It makes me realise that the safety of our democracy doesn't lie in the hands of our Parliament or our regulators but in the hands of ordinary men and women who put themselves forward in the hope that they can make things better. If they embrace high standards of decency and a belief in ethical behaviour, then we are lucky. If they don't, like Somerton Town Council's old guard, then we are unlucky.

Hopefully, with the appalling example of Somerton Town Council's old guard so fresh in our minds, our new candidates will, at the very least, have a road map showing them the mistakes to avoid.