Crow Opinion: Democracy rules
IT may appear to be a waste of public money, but the cost of a Royston Town Council by-election at the end of the month is the price of democracy. The by-election is probably one that people do not really want – and it is unlikely to make any difference t
IT may appear to be a waste of public money, but the cost of a Royston Town Council by-election at the end of the month is the price of democracy.
The by-election is probably one that people do not really want - and it is unlikely to make any difference to the political balance of the town council.
But the opportunity to vote should not be denied because it seems a waste of money.
Besides, it is understood, the town council makes provisions each year in its budget for just an event.
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But it did seem ridiculous when council members discussed the cost of the by-election on Monday evening to compare it to events in Zimbabwe.
All right, it may be undemocratic not to have the by-election - but there is no comparison with events elsewhere, where people have been tortured and killed to prevent voting.
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Such remarks were certainly taking the question too far.
Democracy, locally, still rules, in spite of the cost to the public purse.
Now we have a by-election, we must hope that voters do actually turn out at the polling station at the end of the month.