Politicians are about as reliable as weather forecasters

LETTER-writer John Pinfold was absolutely right when he said forget politics. I wonder what our country would be like if it wasn’t for politics.

I am sure that most people who enter public life do so for the right reasons. However, for one reason or another, they seem to be all seduced by self-interest, greed and the party political machine which makes them impotent.

They make promises and pledges, write manifestoes and never seem to come up with the goods. In fact, very little seems to change for the majority of us. It makes you wonder if we actually live in a one-party state.

Isn’t it about time that we insisted that promises, pledges and manifestoes became contractual? To include set aims which are measurable and answerable to. Can I remind you of another Letter-writer Ray Wilshaw’s plea for our elected councillors to stick up for the rights of Hucknall residents and not become Ashfield yes men.

Linby Lad asked what has Conservative Mark Spencer done for Hucknall. Why don’t we all write to him and ask him? And while we are at it, let’s write to all our elected officials, past and present, to ask the same question.

Don’t you get tired of politicians sympathising with you? When Dave, George, Nick, Ed, Harriet and Ed Balls tell us they know how difficult it is, how do they? None of them have had a proper job, and they all come from privileged backgrounds. They are about as reliable and believable as weather forecasters.

There will always be exceptions. Regardless of his politics, Mark Pritchard, MP for Wrekin, stood up to the party machine to get a motion passed on circus animals. Good for him. He at least had the courage to stand up for what he believed in.

So what do we do to improve our country? Disregard politics, disregard anybody who tells us what to do if they are not prepared to do it themselves first, question everything and finally, when we put these people into privileged positions, make them work for it.


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