Monday, 17 December 2012

When politics becomes too local

American politician Tip O’Neill famously said that “All politics is local”. Up to a point.

In the Hertfordshire village of Little Gaddesden, the vice-chairman of the parish council has just resigned on the grounds that the council’s discussions have become too, er, parochial.

A councillor for ten years, David Brattle complained that much of what the council debates has no impact on life in the village:
Everyone has got food on the table and can have the heating on when it’s cold, so I do not know why people make such a fuss about some things like why the green has been cut. We have not got people dying of hunger there.
Cllr Brattle’s resignation has created a second vacancy on the parish council. Today is the deadline if you’d like to apply for either of the seats.

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