Well, after a year and a half of my mug in the Visitor every week, it looks like this is going to be my final article.
This is because I’ve decided to throw my hat into the ring and stand as a candidate for Lancaster City Council in the May elections.
When I stood for town council last year, Carla took over writing the weekly ‘Festival Column’ for the weeks leading up to the election but she can’t do that on this occasion because she has also agreed to be a candidate.
It’s strange really, we’ve both lived in Morecambe all of our lives and neither of us have ever had a desire to become involved in local politics until we decided to try to bring back the carnival.
This inevitably brought us into contact with local politicians and, I have to say, that it really opened my eyes.
Politicians are most certainly not ‘all the same’; there are some who proudly boast about being Councillors and there are those who actually knuckle down and work hard to try to benefit the communities which they represent.
Carla and I have both decided that we want to be like the latter, certainly not the former.
I’ve said before that I sense a change in Morecambe.
There are many people working hard for the betterment of the town and I’m really pleased to see that some of these people have taken the brave decision to put their names forward as candidates for the city council too.
It’s a brave decision, as many people in our town are disillusioned with, not only politics, but with the state of our town and even their lives as a whole.
Lots of the people that I have spoken to have told me that they are not going to vote because they do not believe that any councillor will be able to do anything which will have a positive effect on the town or on their lives.
I find this a sad reflection on local politicians and the local Council and it is this which makes me believe that we need change.
People tell me that they are not going to vote because they are too busy and this astounds me.
Too busy to take 10 minutes out of their day to do something which will affect the next five years of their lives?
Voter apathy will stifle change and the status quo will remain.
This will lead to even more disillusionment and so the downward spiral for Morecambe will continue.
Our experience with the carnival has given Carla and I hope for the future of Morecambe.
It can be a great place to live and visit but everyone needs to believe this and do their bit.
I implore you to take an interest in what’s around you and see what you can do to make things better.
Be part of the solution and use your vote to elect people who you think share your own vision.