Letters: What a naive view on local politics and financing

PUBLISHED: 11:27 09 March 2006 | UPDATED: 13:17 04 May 2010

MR Burton s thoughtful letter about The Grange (February 9) reveals a naiveté about the way politics works in 21st Century Britain that is disturbingly widespread. Any politician who plans ahead, who dares to make brave decisions about public finances, a

MR Burton's thoughtful letter about The Grange (February 9) reveals a naiveté about the way politics works in 21st Century Britain that is disturbingly widespread.

Any politician who plans ahead, who dares to make brave decisions about public finances, and works hard to achieve the backing of the majority of his colleagues of all political persuasions, will find himself easy meat for the spin doctors come election time. Witness the disastrous collapse of carefully-laid plans to move East Cambs District Council offices from The Grange.

The shameless propagation of misinformation on this issue has served Ely very badly indeed. No matter though, a county council election has been won on the strength of it, why worry about what happens next - the winner takes all!

I understand that the resulting costs to taxpayers in Ely could reach football star proportions over the next few years. Let's hope the victor, Cllr Higginson, can bend it like Beckham - it's you, me and our neighbours who will be providing the money, Mr Burton.

JACKIE PETTS

Lark Bank

Prickwillow

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