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Last Updated: Tuesday, 29 April, 2003, 05:06 GMT 06:06 UK
Candidate stands as Jedi Knight
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A former town clerk is making a stand against party politics by standing in the May local elections as a Jedi Knight.

George Jackson says he wants to highlight the "nonsensical futility of party politics at parish level" by putting himself up for election to Thornbury Town Council.

Mr Jackson, who was Thornbury's town clerk for 17 years until his early retirement in 2001, said his candidacy is a serious one.

"There really is no place for the posture politics of Westminster at this very local level of government.

Jedi Knights are explorers, educators and seekers after justice and those are not bad qualities to bring to council membership
George Jackson

"If it is a job for council to cut grass, the question should not be whether to paint the lawnmower New Labour red, Conservative blue or Liberal Democrat gold but rather how often and how short do the people of Thornbury want their grass cut."

"Every decision taken by council should be made on the basis of individual councillors voting according to what they themselves think is best for the town, not by voting along party lines as instructed by group leaders."

Since his retirement as town clerk, Mr Jackson has been a community transport driver and chairman of the Thornbury Sea Cadets Management Committee.

"Standing as a Jedi Knight may seem frivolous or even a bit puerile but Jedi Knights are explorers, educators and seekers after justice and those are not bad qualities to bring to council membership."




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