We thought you might like to read, in its entirety, the speech with which Rachel Jupp launched Indy Monmouth just a few short weeks ago. From a standing start – to a full slate of prospective councilors today – Indy Monmouth is the latest in a string of new independent, Flatpack, groups aiming to take over their local council.
Wish them luck in their elections on 4 May. Please tell everyone you know, who knows someone in Monmouth, to check them out.
Indy Monmouth, all at Flatpack Towers say ‘May the Fourth be with You’
Rachel Jupp’s speech to launch Indy Monmouth
I’m here this evening because of a book. Flatpack Democracy and its author, Peter Macfadyen.
A little bit about myself:
I’m a mother of five. I have absolutely no time for doing this… but I figure that if we all say ‘I’m too busy’ what we’re all saying is just ‘I don’t think this is a priority’
And if the environment you live in and the town you live in isn’t high on your list of priorities, what is?
I’m from Monmouth – I grew up here, went to the Comp, returned here to bring up my children, and by a lucky coincidence (because they like it here too) I’m surrounded by family.
I got involved in local politics because of my local playground on Chippy. Now I don’t mind where you stand on this issue, the fact is when I went to the Town Council I was defeated. Not, I think, because of what I was saying in particular, but because of the way I was going about it. In retrospect I should have joined the Conservative party and started bribing the public with M&S vouchers in the time-honoured tradition, to get my way.
Instead, First of all, I went to them. Big mistake! No-one from the public ever goes to town council meetings, what was I doing there? A few councillors even deigned to look around at me, a member of the public, in the public gallery!
Second, I told them …