Yet even more on Ritchie\’s Citybollocks

Finally, persons who have been on the City of London Electoral Roll for a minimum of one year may obtain the Freedom without the need for an application visit or Common Council approval. There is no fee in such cases and applicants should advise that they are on the Ward List.


In addition, there is another specialised category open to those people who wish to stand for election to the Court of Common Council and who do not have ready access to the Nominators outlined (ie the Lord Mayor, Sheriff, Aldermen, Common Councilmen of the City of London or Liverymen) In such a case an applicant can be supported by any two electors registered in the City or by two persons eligible to sign an application for a passport.

Hmm, that last line:

  • accountant
  • airline pilot
  • articled clerk of a limited company
  • assurance agent of recognised company
  • bank/building society official
  • barrister
  • chairman/director of limited company
  • chiropodist
  • commissioner of oaths
  • councillor (local or county)
  • civil servant (permanent), but not someone who works for IPS
  • dentist
  • director/manager of a VAT-registered charity
  • director/manager/personnel officer of a VAT-registered company
  • engineer (with professional qualifications)
  • financial services intermediary (eg a stockbroker or insurance broker)
  • fire service official
  • funeral director
  • insurance agent (full time) of a recognised company
  • journalist
  • Justice of the Peace
  • legal secretary (fellow or associate member of the Institute of Legal Secretaries and PAs)
  • licensee of public house
  • local government officer
  • manager/personnel officer (of a limited company)
  • member, associate or fellow of a professional body
  • Member of Parliament
  • Merchant Navy officer
  • minister of a recognised religion (including Christian Science)
  • nurse (RGN and RMN)
  • officer of the armed services (active or retired)
  • optician
  • paralegal (certified paralegal, qualified paralegal or associate member of the Institute of Paralegals)
  • person with honours (an OBE or MBE, for example)
  • pharmacist
  • photographer (professional)
  • police officer
  • Post Office official
  • president/secretary of a recognised organisation
  • Salvation Army officer
  • social worker
  • solicitor
  • surveyor
  • teacher, lecturer
  • trade union officer
  • travel agent (qualified)
  • valuer or auctioneer (fellows and associate members of the incorporated society)
  • Warrant Officers and Chief Petty Officers

So, if you can get Richard Murphy and Mark Serwotka to sign off on your application to stand for the Court of Common Council then you can indeed stand. If you can get the local copper and your favourite landlord to sign off on it you can stand. In fact, if I\’m reading this right (I\’m not sure if you need residency AND the ability to sign off on a passport or only one or the other) if you can get me (as a journalist) and my father (retired RN) to sign off you can stand.

And, get this, if that residency thing is not necessary, then I think this makes it easier to stand in The City than it does elsewhere. For elsewhere you need 8 assentors, not required in The City, and you must have either worked or lived in the Borough for one year prior to standing for election. And I can\’t see that you need to have that work or residence requirement to stand in The City. Just nominators of the right standing.

4 thoughts on “Yet even more on Ritchie\’s Citybollocks”

  1. Anyone who is able to get both Richard Murphy and Mark Serwotka to sign off (as personal acquaintances who presumably approve both personally and politically) on their election nomination is, by definition, a c**t.

  2. engineer (with professional qualifications)


    Presumably asking a journalist to have professional qualifications is a little too much.

    Anyway, isn’t this list classist snobbery in the extreme? Why is a journalist or insurance agent considered of higher standing than a plumber? And a photographer? WTF?

  3. Tim Newman,

    My thoughts too – what is a journalist? If you can clutch a crayon or lean on a computer keyboard are you a journalist? Why not?

    But does that eliminate people with no hands who can speak into a dictaphone – why can’t they be journalists?

    So maybe that reduces us to 3 simple criteria to call yourself a journalist:

    One head.
    Doesn’t wag a tail.

    For a more informed view of journalism as a profession see here:

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