If you can’t be both­ered to vote stop bleat­ing

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Points Of View -

It was last Thurs­day morn­ing that I re­ceived a let­ter from the neu­rol­ogy depart­ment of the Wil­liam Har­vey hos­pi­tal. It seems that my doc­tor had writ­ten about me to the hos­pi­tal last July.

The let­ter I re­ceived ex­pressed a de­gree of puz­zle­ment that there should have been a seven-month or so de­lay be­fore the no­tice from my doc­tor was passed to the neu­rol­ogy peo­ple.

When I phoned to find out what it was all about, I got the im­pres­sion that the lady to whom I spoke was her­self dis­sat­is­fied by the way things had gone but she was far too dis­creet to say so.

The fact is that the Har­vey’s rep­u­ta­tion suf­fers to a cer­tain ex­tent as a re­sult of the clear in­com­pe­tence of the man­age­ment/ book­ing peo­ple.

If the NHS and the govern­ment want to save some money and im­prove the ser­vice, they should have a thor­ough clear out of th­ese de­part­ments and get in an in­tel­li­gent school-leaver or two.

And while on the sub­ject of clearouts, I can only hope that all the peo­ple who whinge about the de­struc­tion of Ash­ford will have the in­tel­li­gence and honourable good sense to reg­is­ter them­selves as vot­ers and turn up at the polling sta­tions.

The sad thing (or one of the sad things) is that many of the peo­ple who com­plain are those who make the vain­glo­ri­ous boast that im­plies they’re too in­tel­li­gent to waste their time vot­ing. If you don’t like some­thing and can’t be both­ered to do some­thing about chang­ing it, you’d best re­main silent.

And a two-line bleat tucked in be­tween cutesy pic­tures of fluffy kit­tens peer­ing out of teacups and choco­late-be­smeared in­fants on one of the ghastly ‘so­cial me­dia’ sites achieves noth­ing.

A lo­cal pa­per, such as the KE, is a valu­able as­set to any com­mu­nity. There are those­who ig­no­rantly dis­miss such pub­li­ca­tions as bor­ing and un­in­for­ma­tive.

Many of th­ese will turn to the Daily Mail and Ex­press, whose dis­tor­tions and some­times out­right lies pro­vide re­in­force­ment of their xeno­pho­bic prej­u­dices.

Al­though our blink­ered rep­re­sen­ta­tives tend to pur­sue their ide­o­log­i­cal paths re­gard­less, the lo­cal pa­per of­fers a weekly snap­shot of the com­mu­nity at large and an op­por­tu­nity for the less closed­minded coun­cil­lors to dis­cover what the peo­ple whom they pur­port to serve ac­tu­ally think and do.

Per­haps some of them will ac­tu­ally take no­tice.

‘A lo­cal pa­per, such as the KE, is a valu­able as­set to any com­mu­nity’

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