While it seems national politicians are slowly accepting that they must respect the views of their constituents, apparently this lesson has not yet be learnt by our local so-called leaders.
However sympathetic we feel for the Syrian refugees, their oppressors are mostly of their own nationality or at least faith and ethnicity. Now there are many, many rich and prosperous people in the Middle East and Asia as well as vast assets in terms of oil. Surely they should be giving their support to these unfortunate people? Why should we put further pressure on our limited resources? So am I alone in being alarmed when I read the proposal put forward by Hunstanton Town Council regarding befriending refugees which might prove to be the thin end of an unwelcome immigration wedge? Is this what the majority of residents want? I don’t know. But neither does the council. It certainly wasn’t in any manifesto I saw before the last election. So I was not surprised to read that not only was this implemented without any consultation with residents – it was promoted by Ms Yvonne Bridges who, at the time, was not even a member of the council. Since then she has become a member by adoption but still no-one has actually voted for her.
Is this another example of the council tramping rough-shod over democracy – not even bothering to learn the views of it’s electors let alone implementing them ?
It seems to me this is a prime opportunity to instigate a local referendum that is easy to initiate and, even though not binding, would indicate the view of the electorate that even Hunstanton Town Councillors would find difficult to ignore.
Edward Wheatley, Hunstanton