FIRST VOTE MOTHERSSON 1
I never would have believed it but have recently decided to offer
myself for election as one of the four Councillors
for Perth South returned to
One reason for standing is that I have long campaigned for a preferential and proportional voting system such as PR, which enables candidates with different views to stand alongside each other, rather than run against each other as happened with the divisive First Past the Post system. If I fall into bad habits of slagging off other candidates, please remind me!
That said I do think that, along with most Councils in
I could go on, but doubtless you will have examples of your own which I look forward to hearing about.
Even if I am not able to change the pro-business/'development' drift of Council decisions I hope that if I am elected as a Councillor, this will help to create openings for me (and others) to work as a community development change agent in ways which help people imagine better futures, develop our confidence, and exert more control over our lives in Perth South than we would otherwise have.
I should also say that I have offered my services to run workshops on sustainability and gender issues to various departments of the Council, also the local prison service,(where I am accredited as an occasional Buddhist prison chaplain), so far with no takers. I have also done various trainings led by the Scottish Civic Forum on how to design and facilitate constructive meetings and events, by the charity Alternatives to Violence, and by trainers in Non-Violent Communication.