We are about to elect a Mayor, and the booklet containing the candidates’ statements has arrived.
Inside the back cover, the working of the alternative vote system to be used in the election is described. The back cover, however, gives a completely different impression. In big letters: “mayor, 51 councillors, You decide”, followed by a telephone number, suggesting that the mayor will be chosen by a popular phone-in as if it were a TV show.
The Returning Officer’s statement contains a misprint.
One candidate’s statement contains a number of infelicities, such as this:
As the leader of the Council for the last two years, the Council has made real improvements to …
or the statement that he was chosen as candidate by his local party “overwhelmingly with over a 50% majority”.
One of the other candidates promises to restore English classes. Perhaps they should be made compulsory for Council employees and officers, and indeed for anyone seeking election.