Councillors coming out of woodwork as poll looms
Question for county residents: can you name your county councillor? Hmm, I thought not.
Eagle-eyed Leicester Mercury readers can't help but notice the recent volume of stories featuring our usually dormant and invisible county councillors.
A cynical reader might draw a conclusion that their recent media frenzy was linked to the elections in May.
Compare stories such as "Councillors debate concerns about HS2" (Mercury, February 16) with recent stories about the David Parsons affair.
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The usually shy and reclusive political beasts are falling over themselves to comment about issues on their patch, but dither and keep tight-lipped about Parsons's failure to repay the money the council claims he owes it.
The Tory leader of Leicestershire County Council, who toppled Parsons, happens to be the councillor for the area affected by the HS2 plans.
He will no doubt be facing the wrath of his constituents if he doesn't flex his political muscles and mount vocal opposition.
HS2 will happen, because his Government is backing the project.
Rather than seek a station on the route for East Midlands Airport, making the airport more attractive to a wider population and bringing jobs to the county and his electorate, he is taking the not-in-my-bacyard approach, with one eye on the elections in May.
For the record, yes I had to look up who my county councillor was, too.
No doubt I will get the four-yearly knock at the door between now and May, though, to remind me who they are and how vigorously they have been representing me.
Janet Brown, Thorpe Astley.