Here’s a story from the North Somerset Times, a story with outlines applicable throughout Wessex, and maybe across other regions too:
“A long-standing member of North Somerset’s Conservative party has resigned from the organisation which he believes ‘has no interest’ in the area’s issues.
Arthur Terry, who is the representative for Portishead’s East Ward on North Somerset Council, has left the party and will continue his work for residents as an independent councillor.
Cllr Terry has been a Tory party member since 1981 and was elected to Woodspring Council [as North Somerset Council was then known] in 1984.
He cites issues including police funding and new housing figure demands as reasons for leaving the Conservatives.
He said: ‘Over the years it has become increasingly clear to me that the national political parties of all persuasions have no interest in this area.
‘This is demonstrated by their repeated failure to address the serious inequities in the distribution of the revenue support grant to our local authorities and it would appear the consistent failure of our local Members of Parliament to influence this.
‘Clearly as a lone voice I can do little to influence these issues, but I can be honest and no longer represent a party that has no interest in the views and concerns of ordinary members.’
Comment is barely necessary. Centralist diktat steamrollers on, oblivious to promises of localism. Unfair funding arrangements continue. Protests to those at the top of the London-based parties go unheeded. Experienced local councillors draw their own conclusions, and so we see the centuries of deference to London dominance slowly start to wither and die at the root.