I stood as a candidate in the Pentland Hills ward for Edinburgh city council because I’m confused, and want to do what’s right.
You see, I’m a penguin called Professor Pongoo. Pingu, my cousin, asked me to come down to Earth to run for election. On my planet, humans do things differently and us penguins, polar bears and all living things have the food we need. Humans leave us alone, respecting our rights to co-exist. When they want to sort out problems, they don’t choose people from “parties” who pretend to debate and then make their decision according to what the party line says. They talk to each other and work out what makes everybody happy – or at least content with their lot – because that way fewer people feel excluded. They listen to what people say and try to accommodate their needs, rather than consult lobbyists. By listening, they find they can better represent local citizens rather than have arguments in spheres that are competitive and confrontational.
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guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 15 May 2012 16.03 BST
Professor Pongoo wants a better democracy for us all. Photograph: Mike Farrigan