Seven years as Bridge ward City Councillor; on top of 18 years serving Mapperley Division and ward, that makes 25 years in total.
There should be award, or a medal, or a grand thank you! Hey, what about an OBE?
Well, not really. The role is a vocation and we should expect little else beyond proper allowances, pensions and logistical support.
And there’s the experiences and stories to recount! And I do recount them. And I notice people getting more and more bored as I tell, them.
Ah, but what about all the casework and achievements!
Again, it’s what’s expected, and it’s kinda hard to say what is it that you have achieved, without the help of anyone else, especially when you have co-Councillors and work with others.
Ronald Reagan once said achieving in politics and using politics to achieve isn’t difficult, the challenge was in making the achievements something that you alone was responsible for.
There are times when a particular outlook and resolve as an individual can make a difference for the good, but even then it draws upon widely held values and others’ capabilities.
Enough. Let’s focus instead on what there is to do, take pleasure in ward events like today’s, note that I picked up 6 requests today and say thanks to the hundreds of thousands who demonstrated for REMAIN today.
P.S. Original posting showed 1989 photo with Neil Kinnock, rather than the 1993 elections address.