The Concise Oxford Dictionary defines an independent person as,” a person who acts independently of any party.” This describes the members of “People Against Bureaucracy.” Your organisation is a local, non-political group, dedicated to helping local residents and, as such, always puts the needs of the individual first.
P.A.B councillors are free thinking individuals, who are independent in the true meaning of the word. They will support an initiative if they feel that it is going to benefit residents.
What a change from the partisan, confrontational attitude of the main political parties, who are loathe to support any initiative put forward by their opposition. It seems that, to them, the party comes before the people.
The recent election of John Payne as the PAB representative on Gloucestershire County Council has shown that the residents of Prestbury and Pittville value constructive, positive discussion, not political points scoring. Hopefully, other areas of Cheltenham will feel the same.
All the candidates from the main political parties state that they have the welfare of the electorate at heart. But do they really? Would they publicly disagree with their party hierarchy on any policy that they, personally, were not comfortable with? I doubt it.
Congratulations to “People Against Bureaucracy” for showing that reasoned argument is possible, and successful. I hope that many more free thinking people join your organisation and support your ideals. Good luck in the future.