In The Journal, October 10, HC Harding argues that our town council ‘is more important than petty party squabbling’.
Those of us involved in the campaign agree that the argument for a town council for Grantham should sit outside party politics, which is why it is open to everyone to join us who is on the electoral register as a Grantham resident, and, who believes we should all have a say in how our town is run. Those not on the electoral register can get registered by contacting South Kesteven District Council on 01476 406080. This is also necessary to have a say in the forthcoming local and General Election in May 2015. Petition forms can be obtained from firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 07429 334260.
HC Harding’s comments reflect a cynical and pernicious trend to undermine politicians and party politics by belittling them, even though the alternatives to a democratic system are far from ideal. People died for us to be able to vote and have elected representation in this country. As some of the comments about Coun Jean Taylor have indicated, there are some very hard working and dedicated politicians doing their best to represent people. However disappointed some may feel about our political system, or disenfranchised, there is nothing ‘petty’ about politics.
The policies of political parties should reflect the core beliefs and values of members, as well as those who elected them. Such values underpin key decisions about strategy and priorities for public spending and our rights. They can make the difference between someone being homeless, or not. In a job, or not. At war, or not. Being fairly taxed, or not.
Being in a political party enables people to campaign with other like-minded people. This is not always easy. As with any organisation, or even family, internal disputes can emerge, as do disputes between parties. However, party politics are far from ‘petty’ and if by ‘squabbling’ Ms Harding means ‘arguing’, there are times when it is necessary in an open democracy to do this.