It is clearly stated in Color In Politics that “Independents unsurprisingly use white” and “White has been linked to pacifism (the surrender flag) and to independent politicians like Martin Bell.”
It also clearly states that amber/orange is the colour of the Scottish National Party. Yet ERYC are attempting to impose on Councillor Andy Strangeway, an Independent Councillor, an ID badge which is amber/orange.
I am most certainly not a member of the Scottish National Party. My Article 10 right to political expression is being denied to me and ERYC are treating me with disrespect for failing to permit my use of white.
ERYC have stated:
“I can only reiterate that for all Councillors, there is a coloured stripe along the bottom of the ID badge to show affiliation to a political group. We have to treat Councillors in a consistent way and therefore you cannot keep your existing badge as you are no longer a member of the Independent Group. Councillors who are not affiliated to a political group are given a badge with an orange stripe, as in your case. The badge does clearly state that you are an Independent. Therefore I won’t be able to reactivate your existing badge and you will need to use your new one.”
- “I can only reiterate that for all Councillors, there is a coloured stripe along the bottom of the ID badge to show affiliation to a political group.”
False – There is no coloured strip on the ID badge for Independents
- “We have to treat Councillors in a consistent way”
False – I am not being treated in a consistent way as Conservative, Labour, Liberal Democrat, UKIP and all other Independent ERYC Councillors display the colour associated with their political opinion. This is being denied to me.
- “therefore you cannot keep your existing badge as you are no longer a member of the Independent Group.”
False – This is not stated in the ERYC Constitution or any ERYC Policy
As my original ID badge has been deactivated will ERYC continue to deny my right to political expression or will I be denied access to County Hall?