A Beggar’s Manifesto For The Local Elections
Many people in Leith know me, (or at least will recognise me), as one of Edinburgh's many beggars and may be surprised that I am standing for election as a councillor for Leith on May3rd. We in the Liberal Party, along with many others, believe that the biggest single problem in politics today is that well over 40% of the voting population never take part in the political process. When I talk to ordinary people on the street, the common refrain is that politics is solelyfor the rich and people with vested interests.By standing as the Liberal Party candidate, I am making a statement: "Politics is for everyone,the only reason vested interests wins out, is because ordinary people volunteer to disenfranchisethemselves."
“Use your vote, Don't lose it.”
Okay that is my reason for standing, why should you vote for me?Like all the candidates, I could say that I am a good listener and am not afraid to stand up andfight for what is right and this would be true. So, what is unique about me, what sets me apartfrom the other candidates?I have spent many years travelling in Africa, the Caribbean and the Mediterranean, supportingmyself as a street entertainer and trader. When I eventually returned full-time to Edinburgh, I hadsome very definite ideas about starting a small business, only to find myself stymied by theuniquely British manner of regulation and bureaucracy.If you have an established business, (or the resources to develop a clearly defined businessmodel), things might(?) be different. However for me, someone with very limited resources, Ifound that the manner in which permits, regulations and fees were set up, not only favouredestablished players. It was financially impractical for me to do the experiments and gain the practical experience needed, to develop a fully fledged and viable business. These are the basicexperiments and experience that anyone would expect to do, before risking what little resourcesthey had.