Poll

Should we get rid of election deposits?

Yes, completely
2 (33.3%)
No, but we should reduce them
1 (16.7%)
No
3 (50%)

Total Members Voted: 6

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Fambo Number Mive

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Should we get rid of election deposits?
« on: November 14, 2019, 04:03:17 PM »
Or at least reduce them from £500. The BBC say this is designed to prevent people from running as a joke, but it does mean that you have to have a certain amount of money to stand as an independent candidate. Does feel a bit elitist requiring someone to pay £500 to stand for election.

Personally I don't think there should be an election deposit.

Twed

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Re: Should we get rid of election deposits?
« Reply #1 on: November 14, 2019, 04:07:10 PM »
It's very easy to feel negative about the UK, but things like this and "should we get rid of the less than ten quid prescription charge" are a good reminder that a lot of the problems there are better than some other places by magnitudes, and even then you're still striving to be better.

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Re: Should we get rid of election deposits?
« Reply #2 on: November 14, 2019, 05:23:47 PM »
As to the election deposits, maybe they should simply have to get 100 names, or 500, rather than just ten.

As to prescription charges, in my area they're now only issuing a month's supply at a time rather than two like they used to. Which would effectively double the cost for many long term patients, surely? I'm okay, I've got a medical exemption certificate, not just for the condition I qualify for, but for any prescription at all.

Re: Should we get rid of election deposits?
« Reply #3 on: November 14, 2019, 05:56:22 PM »
Should we get rid of erection deposits?

Twed

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Re: Should we get rid of election deposits?
« Reply #4 on: November 14, 2019, 05:58:00 PM »
As to prescription charges, in my area they're now only issuing a month's supply at a time rather than two like they used to. Which would effectively double the cost for many long term patients, surely? I'm okay, I've got a medical exemption certificate, not just for the condition I qualify for, but for any prescription at all.
Sorry to derail, I guess what I was getting at is that if the US had the current UK's situation for prescription charges it would be one of the most radical changes to society they'd have seen in 50 years and so it's great that the UK is starting with that and still trying to improve.

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Re: Should we get rid of election deposits?
« Reply #5 on: November 14, 2019, 08:18:51 PM »
Independents should be allowed to stand for free if they can provide evidence of decent support (say 1% of the last elections total constituency turnout), or pay £500 if they can't.

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Re: Should we get rid of election deposits?
« Reply #6 on: November 14, 2019, 08:30:06 PM »
I don't think I'd want to vote for someone who couldn't scrape together 500 quid. They clearly haven't got their shit together.