As fellow arrsers may or may not know local elections will be taking place on 4 May 2006 (04-05-06) this year. Now I am sure most of you will say so what? This does not affect me. What I would like to suggest is why not stand as an independent? Local politics might not set the world alight but surely it is better to be in the democratic tent as an elected representative than outside covered in pi$$. Why become a councillor? There are many reasons why people decide to become a local councillor. For example, some individuals stand because: of their concern over the local area in which they live and a desire to ensure that their local community is provided with the services needed they want to ensure that local community interests are taken into account in the councilâs decision making and are committed to representing the local peopleâs views they want to be involved in shaping the future of the local community they want to make a difference and they are concerned about a particular issue in their community it is an extension of what they are already doing as they are active in a political party, trade union or school governing body and they see the next step as to become a councillor they want to pursue their political beliefs they want to contribute business or professional skills. Most people that actively contribute to ARRSE are passionate about this country and the society they probably have helped to defend at some point. IMHO the country would be a lot better off with more independent councillors. Questions,suggestions, comments? I know you can all fire three rounds a minute - but can you stand?