Help an independent in the UKSubmitted by cjohnstona on Mon, 09/24/2012 - 14:03
Dear Liberty lovers of the Daily Paul,
I have come to you today for help.
My son is running for public office in his home region of Humberside in the UK. Some of you might even follow him on twitter, @nevmech.
The same problem that liberty candidates face here in the US are faced by private independent liberty minded candidates in the UK who run for public office. Just like you guys don’t want to see public office positions get taken over by establishment figureheads or party political cronies, neither does he!
The system in the UK is quite different, in the sense that you have to pay to become a candidate. When people run to become members of parliament they have to pay a £500 deposit which they get back if they get 5% of the vote. The office my son is running for is a newly created position of Police and Crime Commissioner. It’s similar to a sheriff but a level up. The PCC will in fact hold the police to account if they fail to do their job and also have hiring and firing power over the chief constable who is the person that runs the police from an operational perspective.
With that brief explanation you can understand why my son is running for this office. He does not want to see his police force come under political control as the police force is meant to be neutral.
The powers that be in the UK have put a whopping £5000 ($8130) price tag on anyone who wants to run in this election which is not a sum of money that can be conjured up out of thin air. My son is just a regular person much like the readers on this website.
He follows the liberty movement and is a fan of Ron Paul. I know this because during the primary and caucus period all he did was talk about how the world would be a better place if Ron Paul was President. I found this site because he book marked it on my PC when he visited earlier this year. He actually arranged his vacation to visit me in Illinois so it coincided with the republican primary in March. He wanted to go to a Ron Paul rally but unfortunately arrived a day late (he was hoping to get his hard back copy of ‘Liberty defined’ signed). He even donated to the Ron Paul campaign in 2012 by purchasing Ron Paul revolution merchandise. That was when he was in work, but sadly made redundant in May.
Anyway he told me about all the delegates that came to this site for help with travel expenses and hotel bills. He said they always got some help. He said it was a beautiful thing to watch so many people selflessly help other regular people become part of the solution by getting involved. This is all he is trying to do in the UK.
The rules have been setup by the establishment to discourage independents from running for this office but there is one rule, isn’t there always, that he can take advantage of, being a grassroots candidate. Any individual donation under £50($81) doesn’t actually count as a donation. It doesn’t even require a declaration.
This is why I am here on the dailypaul. If he could just raise the £5000 to get his name on the ballot, there is a good chance that he could win. The reason I say this is because the only poll that has been carried out by a media outlet was a 4 day poll that placed him first with 43% of the vote. See the link below.
He won’t ask himself because he feels uncomfortable asking for money from strangers.
So how about helping a liberty loving cousin from across the pond put the establishment to task? The link to his website is below. Check his twitter feed @nevmech and the hashtag he created #independentrevolution