WHAT YOU’RE SAYING...
Just because there are a few police officers, judges, health professionals who are corrupt and seem to take delight in inflicting pain and suffering on others does not mean all of them need to be thought of or treated as low lives
I AM fed up with some people, drip-fed by national soap storylines, who judge all councillors/ politicians as individuals out to feather their own nest.
Yes, there are those out there who lie and cheat and crave certain limelights . . . but there are others who don’t.
All walks of life have their good and bad characters.
Just because there are a few police officers, judges, health professionals who are corrupt and seem to take delight in inflicting pain and suffering on others does not mean all of them need to be thought of or treated as low lives.
Several of your letter writers have missed the point completely.
Perhaps because of some per- sonal dislike of all politicians or they fail to link their freedom of expression with parliamentary democracy.
All of us can visit a polling station or have a postal vote and participate in the democratic process, and if they so wish, express their opinion on the ballot paper. In fact, perhaps our ballot papers should have a separate alternative box with “none of these” offered up to vote for.
People need to be bothered. People need to spend five minutes of their time per year, to express a preference or none. Just to sit on your bum pontificating about all that is wrong with society is an easy way out of accepting any responsibility to better society.
Some politicians, especially local politicians, toe no party line and vote according to their own conscience and the wishes of the local community. Too many of your readers reside in the “party political” mindset offered up to them by the media and TV programmes, portraying us politicians as just block voting fodder.
Not true. In certain political circles party whip loyalty governs, but there are those of us ‘within’ battling to get rid of the “party whip culture”.
It is about time those of us who are elected representatives started to throw back the brickbats to those residing in their glass houses.
It is so easy to lose faith and not use the most powerful weapon available to you, to alter society – it is called your vote.
If you do not exercise it, you will eventually lose it and you’ll end up being told what you can/can’t do from birth to death, without ever having any say in your short time on this earth.
Failure to accept any responsibility whatsoever is the easy way out. “It’s them, not me”!
From an independently minded Peterborough City Councillor Proudly representing Dogsthorpe Ward.