If only the fantasy were true ...
SIR, – The children sat listening to the teacher’s words. “Once upon a time, there was a council. It had councillors who were forbidden to be in the political parties of Edinburgh and they were free to listen and act upon their ward constituents needs and wishes.
“They did not ignore individual voters as they answered questions, openly explained freely and never squabbled amongst themselves according to partisan party policies. They had no need to frustrate their own local voters and truly represented them even against Edinburgh policies if necessary. If they got things wrong, they said so.” Then the teacher reminded the class that it was only a fable. But the bewildered children wondered why grown-ups could not keep it simple, not cloud issues and why couldn’t they make things happen instead of concentrating on why they could not. Shame!
Jack Slupinski, Ashdale Cottage, Huntly Place, Aboyne