As part of our 2018 Local Election coverage, we have contacted each candidate standing in 16 wards across South West Birmingham, asking them to contribute to this election’s ’500 Words’ series.
Each candidate has been invited to describe themselves and their campaigns in their own words. Their submissions will be published – without editing – in the order that they are received. Should they be longer than 500 words, they will be cropped.
With the formation of new wards across the city, this is an all-out election, with every seat up for grabs. Some wards have one seat and some have two. Learn more about the ward changes and your candidates.
Our latest submission comes from Common Good candidate for Allens Cross ward: Dick Rodgers
I bring a fresh approach, whilst honouring good work done in the past by others.
I’m not for the many or the few but for all of us.
If elected, I would try to do these things:
- Diligent casework to understand and resolve the problems of constituents, being available and responding to enquiries.
- Promote a clean neighbourhood.
- Get potholes detected and fixed promptly.
- A scheme to help people to get to know their neighbours and be nice to each other.
- Public ownership of the buses.
- Bus fare 50p.
- Cheap multi-storey carparks at stations.
- A coherent mass rapid transit system.
- Majestic greenhouses with warm climate trees in many parks as a public amenity.
- Inexpensive, safe boating on city lakes.
- A non-profit regional industrial bank primed with newly created central bank money to foster local industry, infrastructure, jobs and wealth for all – and stop commercial banks creating money which is why housing is so very costly.
- Elected Regional Government to let the region thrive, as they have in Germany, France and all other European Countries, instead of Westminster’s centralised rule of the regions. Our region would include Stoke, Shrewsbury, Hereford, Burton and Rugby as well as the WM Combined Authority area.
- Upgrade the region’s transport infrastructure which industry says is a problem causing costly delays.
- Truly understand Birmingham’s budget.
How will I do all this?
By meeting people in Birmingham and Westminster and letting these sensible ideas speak for themselves.
And on a wider scale….:
NHS. Get the NHS back to its original altruism instead of going the way of America’s horrible commercial healthcare which bankrupts the sick. I’d run the NHS as a non-commercial team effort.
NHS to cover elderly care. Care of the elderly is now run by businessmen who want your money.
No student fees. Raising a skilled, educated population as a public good must be free to students.
Nationalise and electrify the trains. Love the whole system not just HS2 and cut fares right down.
Nationalise utilities – gas, power, water.
Dam the Bristol Channel with steel panels held on stanchions, for tidal power generation. Then harness the huge generation capacity of the Irish Sea.
Stay in the EU. The EU’s a great idea! It beats killing each other, which is the story of European history until the founding of the EU led to a lasting peace.
We need a national purpose that inspires us all and brings us together about the noble goal of making the world better place. That spirit will heal our nation.
I moved here in 1983 and worked as an assistant surgeon at the Royal Orthopaedic and Children’s Hospitals. I’m ordained in the Church of England.
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