Thursday, June 20, 2013 12:24:02 PM
Politician? A town council in England is just a parish council by another name. Their responsibilities include bus stops, graveyards and playgrounds; that's about it. Anybody can be elected because it`s not really a job. They might meet for an hour or so a month and talk about renewing the woodchip around the see-saw or asking for volunteers to trim the grass around the head-stones.
Town/parish councillors are generally of two sorts; (a) Local people with time on their hands who think that someone should be there to ensure the village bus-stop is presentable, the graveyard is tidy and the playground is safe. They don`t make any money from it and they are mostly good people. They tend also to be school governors or active in the `Best Kept Village` committee. (b) Pretty much anybody else. There are often several uncontested seats available and a dozen votes is enough to secure one. Oddballs are standard.