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The Government Have Stitched Up Zac Goldsmith Over His Recall Bill

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Why should anyone on this website care what that over-entitled, under-talented nimby has to say?

The entire recall concept is fundamentally flawed. Here's how they work in practice.

1) A politician takes a stance that is unpopular with some rich person (i.e. someone like Zac Goldsmith).

2) Rich person then funds a marketing campaign to collect signatures for a recall.

3) Recall happens.

versus

1) A politician takes a stance that is unpopular with normal people.

2) Rich person doesn't fund a marketing campaign to collect signatures for a recall.

3) Recall doesn't happen.

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Why should anyone on this website care what that over-entitled, under-talented nimby has to say?

The entire recall concept is fundamentally flawed. Here's how they work in practice.

1) A politician takes a stance that is unpopular with some rich person (i.e. someone like Zac Goldsmith).

2) Rich person then funds a marketing campaign to collect signatures for a recall.

3) Recall happens.

versus

1) A politician takes a stance that is unpopular with normal people.

2) Rich person doesn't fund a marketing campaign to collect signatures for a recall.

3) Recall doesn't happen.

Well, that's how it happens in America. However, in the UK we have fairly tight limits over expenditure at election times, and I would imagine this would apply to any recall process.

But the OP is correct - this is a flawed and rubbish Bill.

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The entire recall concept is fundamentally flawed. Here's how they work in practice.

1) A politician takes a stance that is unpopular with some rich person (i.e. someone like Zac Goldsmith).

2) Rich person then funds a marketing campaign to collect signatures for a recall.

3) Recall happens.

I didn't agree so please provide a real example of this happening.

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I used to live in Richmond, Goldsmith's constituency. It was a pleasant place to be, on the tube network and close to the M4/M25, but with Richmond Park and the river right on your doorstep. The one negative was a relatively small amount of aircraft noise. On two or three days a month, when the wind was in a particular direction, that might rise from a minor inconvenience to a moderate inconvenience, but no more than that.

Goldsmith positioned himself as the best candidate to prevent another Heathrow runway. It was virtuoso NIMBYism in that he appealed to voters basest NIMBY instincts but never made them feel like they were actually being NIMBYs. A few moments listening to Zac and you could assuage your conscience that you were really doing it to save the Natterjack Toad or conserve fossil fuels or some other self serving claptrap. He was slick all right.

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