I used to think that our democratic system was a bit flawed. I'm beginning to think I was wrong - it's very flawed. When you have an issue with what your council is doing, you're recommended to go to your local councilor.
I have an issue - our local council is cutting services to disabled people (including my son) massively. I've written to - my own councilor, my son's councilor, our designated 'Disability Champion' councilor and the cabinet member responsible for social services. None have replied, other than to tell me that they've referred the comment to the cabinet member.
The only reaction he's made to any of us representatives of people with learning disabilities (to a communication described as 'powerful' by a senior officer of the said council) was to say he'd had no reaction other than a few 'vexatious messages'.
I used to be a reasonable man, but I'm getting less reasonable by the day. Being ignored by elected representatives isn't nice - being insulted for having the temerity to disagree is unacceptable. I belong to no political party - maybe I'll have to to be heard, but bet your life it won't be the one treating us like this.