In an age where political coverage is largely driven by national media, and by what the respective party leaders are saying on any given subject, it can be easy to lose sight of the fact that on 6th May, we will be voting for individuals to represent us.
As Christians, we should arguably be at least as concerned about the character, integrity and views of the men or woman we elect as our representatives, as we are about the party or policy platform upon which they are standing.
It often seems that we live in an age of increasingly ‘machine’ driven politics, where candidates are expected to stay ‘on message’. This can mitigate against the important process of getting to really know where they stand on a given issue.
Furthermore, due to the complex system of Proportional Representation used to elect a large share of our MSPs, whereby candidates are allocated by their parties to cover vast regions, it can be doubly challenging to find out about the people (and not just the parties) we are electing.
As an aid to help you, CARE’s new election website contains a section listing the vast majority of constituency and regional candidates standing on 6th May. We have also sought to include contact details for many of them. Please do make use of this resource to find out the names of the people seeking your vote, and attempt to find out what you can about them, and where they stand on this issues that matter to you.
As election day approaches, and we find ourselves absorbed with the endless cycle of manifesto launches, national policy pronouncements and public spats between leading politicians, let’s keep in mind that the foundation stone of parliamentary democracy is the election of people to represent us – and that necessarily means knowing what we can about them and what they (not just their party leader!) actually thinks.
Comprehensive lists of candidates and their contact details can also be found on the Who Can I Vote For? website:
- For Scottish Constituency candidates: Scottish Parliament elections (Constituencies) | Who Can I Vote For? by Democracy Club
- For Scottish Regional candidates: Scottish Parliament elections (Regions) | Who Can I Vote For? by Democracy Club