According to Wikipedia (the font of all completely accurate knowledge!!)…
‘a manifesto is a published verbal declaration of the intentions, motives, or views of the issuer, be it an individual, group, political party or government’ … (sounds reasonable to me).
I have suddenly found myself in the midst of folk who are experienced in political campaigning and scrutiny of manifestos. So when I was asked what my manifesto was I drew a bit of a blank. I have talked to a lot of people about how I want to work, what my approach would be and the things I would like to be able to do, yet it is difficult as an independent candidate to be able to make promises of things I will change.
To take the example of Oakwood currently – we have 3 Conservative councillors working under a Labour controlled council. They find it difficult to put things in place and make changes because they don’t have a majority vote in the council chamber. The promises made by party political campaigners rely on them being in the majority. The coalition government gave us another example of this – the Liberal Democrats had to renege on tuition fees. If you are interested in how I might actually make an impact without a party behind me read my post ‘Independent Power‘.
Anyhow back to my manifesto. I thought I ought to get with the political etiquette and write one. It is quite simple. It fits on one page of paper. It doesn’t include any promises I can’t keep and although I won’t be engraving it on a 2 ton stone tablet, I will refer to it often if I get elected and make sure I do keep to the promises it makes.