Democracy is broken. There is a vast gulf between professional politicians and ordinary people. The vast majority earn significantly less than £70,000 a year and yet their needs, concerns & fears are routinely ignored. And we put up with it!
I’ve tried my hardest to make a difference in Merton. I speak up when I see injustice and I get my hands dirty when things need to be done. I’ve worked alongside neighbours, colleagues and friends to improve school dinners, save fields, support Refugees, challenge racism & make Merton a nicer place to live.
It is highly unlikely I will even make the shortlist but I’m going to have a shot. At the very least I will start the conversation with the professional politicians about why we urgently need change and why it has to come from below.