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The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News - CLLR ADRIAN MIN­ERS

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.

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