Labour doesn't represent city
I CONCUR with Joanna Wright's letter (Sentinel, April 24) because I too cannot understand why Labour councilors should defer to council officers who have nothing in common with the residents of Stoke-on-Trent. Their high incomes mean that they will never need the social services that less fortunate people depend upon.
Some don't even deign to live in Stoke-on-Trent so the state of the local environment has no direct bearing on their lives and, like Ms Wright, I would imagine that Lady Thatcher's political philosophy would be more appealing to them than that of Aneurin Bevan.
If the city was well run and the councillors were in a position to take the credit I would understand their laissez-faire attitude towards the officers.
But we have refuse collectors who will not collect the wrong sort of cardboard and a company that charges £2,371 to repair a leaking sink.
Now they intend to trust the private sector to care for elderly confused people like those currently resident in Marrow House.
A recent Panorama programme, exposed how little concern one private care home had for the well-being of its residents and if this plan goes wrong it will be the contentment and security of vulnerable old people that will be sacrificed not just money.
Like Ms Wright, I would like to know how Labour councillors square the council's actions with their claim to represent, 'the party of the people.'
ALEX SHAW Longton