Time for politicians to make sacrifices

PUBLISHED: 09:34 22 January 2009 | UPDATED: 15:58 11 May 2010

Reference your article Councils feel the pinch in credit crunch (Crow January 9). Normally I am not one for gesture politics. You know what I mean – Nelson Mandela House, Lech Walesa Crescent, and Alan Turing Road. However, I do believe an appropria

Reference your article "Councils feel the pinch in credit crunch" (Crow January 9).

Normally I am not one for "gesture" politics.

You know what I mean - Nelson Mandela House, Lech Walesa Crescent, and Alan Turing Road.

However, I do believe an appropriate gesture is required in these times of austerity.

With a gap of £250,000 in North Herts District Council's budget, may I suggest that all councillors at town, district, and county, level announce that they are not to make any claims for personal expenses in 2009.

That is, all personal expenses including travel, materials, or whatever.

At a time when front-line services may be under siege, politicians should make sacrifices.

This will be seen as an act of altruism by the beleaguered townspeople of Royston, an act that demonstrates patriotism, a sense of service to the community, and a love of Royston.

I look forward to the response of our community leaders.

Carlo Zambonini

Gresley Lodge

Old North Road

Royston


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