SKIPP to try to halt red progress in Milton
September 13, 2013 8 Comments
Mark Sharp of SKIPP has announced his intention to stand for council in Milton Ward. This has been an open secret for a few months now, and it is now official.
I think this is SKIPP’s first foray into democratic politics – an interesting turn of events for the undemocratic and unaccountable threesome. Mark Sharp has announced that he will be standing in my ward – I am not sure why he has opted for Milton, perhaps he is offended at the thought of socialist representation here.
He will be standing as an Independent – not sure whether this means Christine Hills has been usurped, or indeed whether he is on the ‘official’ Independent Group slate (this party that pretends not to be one does not like the truly independent). Whatever, Mark will add to an already crowded field. Aside from the three main parties, UKIP has threatened/promised (depends on your perspective) a candidate, and who knows what the far right will be doing (possibly throwing their weight, such as it is in Milton, behind UKIP).
This pluralism ill fits the first-past-the-post voting system. Whilst I still think it will boil down to a straight fight between Conservative incumbent Maria Caunce and Labour’s Cheryl Nevin, the minor party candidates can have an impact, and are a distraction from the real contest – privilege versus people.
Anyway, sources inform me that Mark poses as a representative of the Milton Ward Community Group. I have been unsuccessful in trying to meet with this group – I was told that it is effectively defunct. This begs the question as to how Mr Sharp makes his claim – was he appointed at a secret meeting, or is this wishful thinking?