Richard really does need to check his source materials a little more closely.
Note that little reference to the fact candidates must be Freemen of the City.
Ritchie thus leaps to the conclusion that you\’ve got to be part of the self-selecting oligarchy of the Livery Companies in order to stand for election in The City.
So this is the one local authority in the country where living in the area does not give you the right to stand for election. Far from it – that is secured by privilege. There’s not a hint of democracy about this process.
Hmm. So, what do you have to do in order to become a Freeman of the City?
by being on the City Parliamentary Register of Electors (possible after 1856 only).
Oh, so all registered voters are, by virtue of their being registered voters, (and to become a registered voter you need simply to be, as in any other parliamentary constituency, 18 or over, a UK citizen, willing to register and not mad) Freemen of the City and thus eligible to stand for office.
In fact, living in the area absolutely and completely, subject only to UK citizenship, qualifies you to stand for office.
So he\’s got the wrong end of the stick here.