Council are complicated

PUBLISHED: 11:15 23 March 2006 | UPDATED: 13:20 04 May 2010

IT is very difficult, and I am not alone, not to be considered naive, or to quote The Oxford Dictionary amusingly simple about 21st Century politics both locally and national as it is presented in Britain today. The bureaucratic community seem to work v

IT is very difficult, and I am not alone, not to be considered naive, or to quote The Oxford Dictionary "amusingly simple" about 21st Century politics both locally and national as it is presented in Britain today.

The bureaucratic community seem to work very hard to make life as complicated as possible for us all, explaining in detail only that which they feel we will understand or that they want us to know. The remainder is posted on "the internet" if you can find it, for all to see! Mind you, it is quite apparent that even they need help with it all, judging by the number of consultants they seem to employ these days.

One has to simplify the problem. They take my cash, I am given, eventually, in limited terms what they propose to spend it on, and if I do not agree, I comment. Couching these actions in as "The shameless propagation of misinformation" is nonsense.

At a time when the council is considering all sorts of cuts in already established services for the vulnerable and others in our society, and placing a greater reliance on the voluntary community to provide basics to the needy and talk of new offices or the like at this time, no matter how brave the decisions, are unacceptable.

Of course, we want a forward looking and thinking council. Surely though it is a question of priorities. When the time is right and budgets balance we could then consider the question of new offices and more staff welfare issues. When new revenue streams are to be created, there must be full and clear disclosure of the amounts involved and how they will be spent. And all before the event not after.

I cannot believe that Jackie Petts or her neighbours can object to this "spin". We the taxpayers do not have bottomless pockets. We appreciate the future must be considered, but sometimes the here and now is of more importance, none of us live forever.

WR Burton

Forehill

Ely

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