Now that the dust has settled on the general election, I feel the need to gather my thoughts. I didn't vote along party political lines, because I don't believe that a national government can ever truly understand what is needed in each community. That responsibility is down to the local organisations and individuals, many voluntary, who work tirelessly to support vulnerable people, community projects and the environment.
Not even the county council or the town councillors, let alone the police and countryside rangers, get out much these days. They hide behind social media and council meeting agendas to discuss improvements to our lives. Recently, I asked the parish council for assistance with a persistent fly-tipping matter in the woods. I got no support there either. So Mr B and I cleaned it up, again. I collect litter almost every day.
I think that if I keep my verge neat and tidy, then others might recognise that this is a good way to live, and do the same.
I notice that there are others around the village who feel the same. The nice old lady who walks past every day and smiles. The chairwoman who walks her dogs a different route each day to get a feel for what is going on in each street. The village organisation that runs events in support of local enterprises. The school governor who keeps an eye on things generally. And the 'sergeants' who make sure that the maintenance is always done.
It is these local people, through their commitment to our village, that deserve recognition for their work, not politicians in Westminster. It is these people who make sure that we live in a pleasant environment, look out for our neighbours, and make sure we have a safe, happy village.
I vote for local politics.