Too political now

Too political now

Too political now

First published in Letters by

HOWARD PERRY (Letters, February 18), implies that Government cuts are unnecessary and runs on the familiar narrative of nasty Tories inflicting their “drastic, cruel and very hard cuts”

on this ‘nice’ Labour Council.

Presumably the £1.3 trillion (and rising, despite so-called austerity measures) national debt is entirely sustainable without any action.

The cost of local government has risen so drastically in my lifetime as to be unrecognisable. It used to be the case that local councillors operated on minimal expenses and saw it as their duty to give public service.

Many of these, often ‘nasty Tories’, had experience in running enterprises and were able to organise the council in a practical manner.

Compare that to the current model of highly paid executives in plush offices with councils run on a much more party-political basis where dogma prevails.

The state of pavements and roads around York is a disgrace, as has been the closure of Lendal Bridge, where the council pays scant regard to the wishes of York citizens, particularly businesses.

What else should we expect from politically motivated professional politicians, many of whom, like James Alexander, have not had a long career before politics?

Martin Smith, Main Street, Elvington, York.

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10:19am Fri 21 Feb 14

Jonthan says...

If Martin Smith is so outraged by allowances for councillors perhaps he should direct his fire at the Conservatives. After all it was the Local Government and Housing Act 1989, under Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher that first introduced the present system,.
If Martin Smith is so outraged by allowances for councillors perhaps he should direct his fire at the Conservatives. After all it was the Local Government and Housing Act 1989, under Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher that first introduced the present system,. Jonthan
  • Score: 6

10:30am Fri 21 Feb 14

roadwars says...

Perhaps the finger of blame for high costs and poor maintenance should be pointed at the reliance on contractors rather than council staff.
Year on year we seem to be told that costs are being reduced by removing staff and outsourcing the work yet year on year we seem to be paying more for it and getting a worse service...
Perhaps the finger of blame for high costs and poor maintenance should be pointed at the reliance on contractors rather than council staff. Year on year we seem to be told that costs are being reduced by removing staff and outsourcing the work yet year on year we seem to be paying more for it and getting a worse service... roadwars
  • Score: 8

2:15am Sat 22 Feb 14

Magicman! says...

The letter writer seems to criticise people for referring to the government as the 'nasty Tories' because of cuts that are made. They are not 'nasty' for making the cuts per se - but because their cuts are directly targeting the poorest and most vulnerable in society, then that DOES make them nasty... in fact, calling them 'nasty' it not hard enough hitting - the word 'despicable' would sound better.
The letter writer seems to criticise people for referring to the government as the 'nasty Tories' because of cuts that are made. They are not 'nasty' for making the cuts per se - but because their cuts are directly targeting the poorest and most vulnerable in society, then that DOES make them nasty... in fact, calling them 'nasty' it not hard enough hitting - the word 'despicable' would sound better. Magicman!
  • Score: 2

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