Another day, another career change. Nothing unusual in the life of Ms Raccoon, who never was a woman to say No.
Old Holborn has agreed to stand for election as the candidate for the Jury Party in
Quite apart from my habitual willingness to master any passing challenge, I wasn’t a bad choice as it happens, for election law is complex and extensive and it is the job of the election agent to make sure that the candidate doesn’t fall foul of it.
Even with my legal background it has taken me four days to give it a cursory read through, and I will need to be letter perfect to ensure that Old Holborn doesn’t accidentally fall into any of the electoral pot holes that await him.
So far I have been able to advise him that if he is caught buying anyone a drink in the belief that it might induce them to vote for him, he is liable to a £5,000 fine and up to six months imprisonment under Section 114, Representation of the People Act 1983; so no name calling if he doesn’t stand his round in the pub – he’s under orders!
Old Holborn is a brilliant choice as candidate – the events of the past few weeks have taught me a lot about his beliefs and his honesty. He is exactly the sort of person that Parliament needs.
He is not interested in promoting his real life personae, in raising his profile as a person to be appointed to boards or committees, he prefers to remain anonymous.
He is not interested in belonging to a powerful group or tribe, or toeing the party line. He prefers to be independent.
He is genuinely interested in hearing the views of his fellow citizens, not just the approved, politically correct, views, but all views.
He has a heartfelt belief in the ability – and right - of each of us to live our lives responsibly without ‘Nanny’ supervising, whilst reserving his sympathy for those who, through no fault of their own, need protection.
He understands that being ‘represented’ in a democracy isn’t just a box ticking exercise, performed every five years; but should be a process that you, the voter, are engaged in at every step of the way – not just at election time.
Most of all, he understands the real meaning of a fiduciary duty – that when you place your confidence and faith in someone to do something – to act as your representative in parliament - then they have both the power and the obligation to act in a manner which displays total trust, good faith and honesty.
Too many politicians misunderstand that duty, they believe that once given power, it is theirs to use as they see fit, and will vote in ways which assist their party or their own career progression, and lose sight of the trust you placed in them to act in YOUR best interests.
You, the person who gave them power to act in the first place. No one else.
That is my sort of Politician, so I will be doing every thing in my power to help Old Holborn enter parliament legally – dressed as Guy Fawkes.
It also promises to be enormous fun and a campaign like no other!