That useless Labour councillor
October 6, 2013 4 Comments
“If we have any problems we contact Councillor Garston, thank you very much.” Thus began a conversation this weekend. The conversation continued with them telling me they had seen me on the TV, doing something about betting shops (fixed odds betting terminals to be precise). Another resident reminded me we had met when she was telling at the last election – she described me as pushy. Another described me as “that useless Labour councillor” and proceeded to list my failings.
“I bet you wish you hadn’t called here” was how another resident ended their list of complaints. My response to them, as it is to all those awkward and uncomplimentary conversations, was that it is precisely these chats that are so important. What use would I be to anyone if I only engaged in pleasantries? I need to be told if I am falling down in my duties.
“This is what we pay you for” was included in one tirade against useless politicians – I resisted the temptation to point out that I am the cheapest councillor in the borough. It is arguable what I am paid for, what my allowance is meant to be recompense for.
It is difficult to judge how well one is performing as a councillor. Those that would never dream of voting Labour will be pre-disposed to finding fault; Labour supporters are usually all smiles when I call. I guess I will find out in 2016 just how I have done. Even then it may not necessarily be a judgement on me that seals my fate; my fortunes are tied to my party. If Labour are having bad May 2016 then I may be a one-term councillor regards of how hard I work.