Mayoral spending is not the top issue
IT WAS very interesting to discover how much our mayoral candidates are spending on their election campaigns. During yesterday's Post hustings at Arnos Vale, the candidates revealed a huge range of expenditure – from Stoney Garnett's £160 to George Ferguson's £50,000.
Ultimately, the disparities highlight the difference between independent candidates standing on their own means and political candidates with the party machine – and financial power – behind them.
But should we judge any of the candidates by how much money they've spent on trying to win power?
George Ferguson admitted that much of the £50,000 came from his own pocket. That might earn him criticism from those who deride him as a wealthy member of Bristol's Society of Merchant Venturers.
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But it also might win him praise from voters who see him as prepared to put his money where his mouth is for the city.
And Labour candidate Marvin Rees might also be lauded for making the point that, without the party to provide the £20,000 needed to run his campaign, he would not have been able to afford to stand as a candidate.
Candidates should not be judged by what they say about themselves or their own literature. Or by how much they spent printing it. They should be judged on how convincing they are as a potential leader of this great city.