How much no­tice is ac­tu­ally taken of the gen­eral pub­lic?

Loughborough Echo - - LETTERS - Stephen Sleath.

I READ your news­pa­per ev­ery week with vary­ing amounts of in­ter­est. I see ar­ti­cles about the pub­lic be­ing con­sulted from time to time.

A ques­tion has come to mind. How much no­tice is ac­tu­ally taken of the gen­eral pub­lic?

Is it more a case that the views of the po­lit­i­cal in­ter­ests have a stronger value than those of the dim peas­ants like me.

For in­stance will the pub­lic have the fi­nal say on the pro­posed lo­cal gov­ern­ment re­or­gan­i­sa­tion in Le­ices­ter­shire. I doubt it. Most folks’ only con­cern is that the ser­vices they need hap­pen.

With the fi­nan­cial sit­u­a­tion these ser­vices could be at risk, so why not let the pub­lic give the mat­ter more con­sid­er­a­tion.

Maybe if it was ad­mit­ted that we were wast­ing our time, a con­sid­er­able amount of money spent on these con­sul­ta­tions could be saved.

One con­se­quence of ig­nor­ing the elec­torate is that few show in­ter­est in lo­cal mat­ters and hence few vote for lo­cal coun­cil­lors.

How many take note of what hap­pens at a lo­cal level such as par­ish coun­cils.

I do of­ten won­der about those who fought long and hard for the vote for us all would be amused at this ap­a­thy.

Maybe vot­ing should be com­pul­sory.

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