I’d like to meet a local politician, one on one, in an office – even though I’m just your average citizen and I’m not part of any advocacy or lobby group.
If Stanhope and company are supposed to represent me, it would be nice of them to hear what I have to say. It would be nice to have a 2-way conversation. I want to feel important damn it! I’d like to feel I somehow contributed to such grand issues as the re-paving of the bike path between Manuka and Fyshwick.
Pipe dreams…? Well in the UK, all local government members have to offer ‘surgeries’, and their ‘opening hours’ are posted on local government websites. You can go and meet your local member, tell them what you think, learn a bit more about how local government works, ask for an update on a particular issue, or make a complaint.
You can be cynical about the UK government’s efforts to make the public feel ‘included’, particularly if it doesn’t seem to translate into any actions, but personally, I don’t care overly much about action. I just want to feel included.
(Comic by Panama)