Patrick Sheil is Labour's City Council candidate for Castle
Patrick Sheil is a Castle Ward resident, a Labour activist,a Union member of long standing and three times a graduate of King's College Cambridge. He works for Cambridgeshire County Council as a web developer in the Social Care Training division.
Patrick is a writer on philosophy with books and articles published about Levinas, Kierkegaard, Merleau-Ponty, Adorno and Simon Weil. He is also a songwriter and sometimes a guitarist for Cambridge indie group Moth Conspiracy. Patrick enjoys running, swimming and 5-a-side football.
Core elements of democratic socialism,for Patrick, include:
- that government should help to mitigate the effects of more serious differences among people arising from accidents of birth,
- that kindness can still flourish in a society whose basic protections do not rely upon it,
- that common ownership is desirable where a key service is not naturally amenable to genuine competition and
- that protecting the vulnerable is our duty, irrespective of whether or not they are seen as deserving.
Patrick challenges the myth that big financial decisions are safer with Labour’s opponents.The reverse is true, as the cheap sell-off of Royal Mail shows. Patrick also queries the notion that you will pay more tax under Labour. It was the current administration that pushed VAT up to a whopping 20%, a measure not helpful to business.
In Castle, major changes are underway in the areas of transport and infrastructure, housing and social care. With a Tory and UKIP-led County Council, however, we have a chamber whose focus will not always be the needs of city dwellers.Castle therefore requires dedicated and serious defenders speaking from the City Council. Patrick Sheil is good example of one.