What kind of democracy is this?

Friday, 20th May

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‘We were not even given basic information about the other candidates’ connection with Camden’

• THE Camden Labour Party was understandably celebrating its crushing victory in the May 5 local elections. But was it healthy for representative democracy? The answer has to be no.

Voters in Kentish Town South were not given an informed choice about who to vote for. The only election literature I received was from the Labour Party and no one canvassed me.

When I was presented with the list of candidates for the ward the only names I knew were existing Labour councillors, including the council leader, and it was only those Labour candidates who provided their home addresses.

Consequently we were not even given basic information about the other candidates’ connection with Camden. The absence of literature and canvassing meant we were deprived of the opportunity of understanding what the candidates stood for and what they intended to do for the ward.

In a functioning democracy the governing party needs to be held to account by the opposition. In what is increasingly a one-party borough it is difficult to see who is in a position to challenge the policies of its political leadership.

ROGER WINFIELD
Patshull Road, NW5

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