If only the fan­tasy were true ...

The Press and Journal (Moray) - - FEATURES -

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

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