Hi. Iím just an ordinary guy; certainly not into party politics at all but I have a lot of ideas about what is right and how Bristol can be improved for all Bristolians.

I came to Bristol for University and have been here ever since (30 years). I live in a mid-terrace house in an ex-Council estate in north Bristol.

Fairly ordinary, I work, pay my taxes, have hobbies and am passionately committed to making Bristolís future better for everybody in Bristol.

Why Independent?

Although each party may aim at some good things, here are some points why I am an independent:
 Conservatives recently gave tax breaks to the well off, while the UK pays £43 billion/year debt interest! [1] [2]
 Labour hugely increased our national debt during the good years and grew the rich/poor divide! [1] [2] [3]
 LibDems are closing and privatising council-run care homes and day centres [4] and borrowing even more!

I have deliberately NOT asked anybody for any sponsorship or donations Ė why should you pay for me to stand? That way, I'm not deflected by outside influences.

Independent - neither puppet nor enemy of Westminster.

Why does politics have to cost so much?

Maybe itís time for an independent Mayor who isnít controlled by party politics?

Here are my views and opinions on many topics so that you can know how I will act if you elect me.

Links to topics

  1. A few words about me, personally
  2. Brief Summary (one or two sentences about each topic)
  3. Reduce the gap between rich and poor
  4. Public money is not free money Ė donít waste it!
  5. Protect Bristolís greenspace & careful development
  6. Protect the global environment
  7. Keep care services in-house
  8. Listen more to Bristolians
  9. Keep Bristol moving Ė Better than Bus Lanes
  10. Protect libraries and museums
  11. Planning Restrictions
  12. Encourage better health and sports
  13. Work to make Bristol more prosperous
  14. Encourage local thinking
  15. Improve Local Business & Community Connectivity
  16. Your Feedback

Other People's Good Ideas

Here and there, you may find me quoting "Good ideas that weren't mine" because a good Mayor should be open to ALL good ideas. It shouldn't matter who thought them up or which party they usually support.
  Good ideas are good, no matter where they come from.

Every vote and every action counts    (a story from the beach!) ...

A guy was visiting a deserted beach at sunset. As he walked along, he noticed another man in the distance. When he got nearer he saw that the local kept leaning down, picking something up and throwing it out into the water. Time and again he kept hurling things out into the ocean. Approaching closer, he noticed that the man was picking up starfish that had been washed up on the beach and, one at a time, he was throwing them back into the water.
  Puzzled, he went up to the man and said "I was wondering what you were doing."
"I'm throwing these starfish back into the ocean. You see, it's low tide now and all these starfish have been washed up onto the shore. If I don't throw them back into the sea, they'll die up here."
  "I understand," the first guy replied, "but there must be thousands of starfish on this beach. You can't possibly get to all of them. There are simply too many. And don't you realise this is probably happening on hundreds of beaches up and down the coast. You can't possibly make a difference!"
  The local smiled, bent down, picked up another starfish and, as he threw it back into the sea, he added "Made a difference to that one!"