Just over 100 days until the national elections, and in Frome’s case the Town and District ones too. Independents for Frome (IfF) will be finalising our 17 candidates over the weekend. An independent group will be dealing with the tricky process of telling some people they will need to stand aside. Our success has resulted in a plethora of talented people coming forward, who’d make good councillors. And if your pool of potential councillors is the whole town, not just party members, it suddenly increases to include all kinds of interesting and keen people.
Satisfyingly the Frome model is being taken up by a significant cluster of towns – and the City of Wells – which has launched WIN in an attempt to drag local politics into the 21st century.
Of course Flatpack Democracy offers one story and one set of ideas to pick and choose from in different situations. I’ve just been asked to speak at Change: How? – ‘Real human politics from 100 people who’ve decided to make and be the change they want to see in the world’. This promises to be a brilliant event. I’m especially excited to hear from the Greeks who are coming, given that their elections will have just been held.
By then there will only be 87 days left though. We are virtually giving Flatpack away in ‘Revolution Packs’ now – so keen are we to see people who care about their communities grasp the opportunity to show that democracy, at the intimate level, can lead to real change. Now is the moment.