“I NEVER HAD A POLICY; I HAVE JUST TRIED TO DO MY BEST EACH AND EVERY DAY”
– Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the USA
Policy is the biggest part of politics. Policy underlines every word that a politician says and does. Manifestos spell out what national policy is and a manifesto helps elect politicians. At a national level it is clearer what the public policy is of the different party but it becomes a rather murky affair in local government.
For a recent example, the United Kingdom recently voted to leave the European Union in a referendum held on the 23rd of June 2016. The Leave campaign won and David Cameron stepped down and Theresa May became PM. Conservative Party policy became to leave the European Union as the wishes of the majority dictated. However, the Guildford Borough Council, where people voted remain (56% voted remain), is a majority Conservative Council and so what do they do? The local population voted remain while the country and their party is now saying leave. Policy is split between National and Local and we need to find out what the Councillors representing us in Guildford believe in. Not just with regards to Brexit but with regards to all major concerns in the local area.
That’s where Policy Guildford come in. We aim to talk to Councillors across Guildford and find out what their views are on the issues that matter to you — the people of Guildford. Policy is the most important thing to elect our representatives and that is why Policy Guildford aims to interview all the current borough Councillors by the next Local Election (2020) as well as contacting the local parties (Conservative, Liberal Democrat, Labour, Guildford Greenbelt Group, Green, UKIP) and get their official policy on certain issues are so that the people of Guildford can make the best decision they can at all elections, not just national.