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Ipwswich politics: Calm down, dear(s)

Why are ipswich politics so much like a tussle outside a bar at chucking-out time? They seem to scream at each other rather than engage in reasoned debate, at least if you read their blogs.

To get an idea of what goes on you can look at the last three posts on Ipswich Spy which brings together bloggers of various allegiances and does its best to explain what is happening in a balanced way.

There was “Liar tag causes fury at council meeting” about a spat between Tory Judy Terry and Alasdair Ross (Labour).

Over an item about the local MP being reprimanded by the Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons, the headline was a quote, “Mr Gummer, I do not think we need you to lead the cheerleading“.

And in the most recent post about a stormy council meeting headed Golden Key refused again, the Spy comments: “Is it any wonder the public think councillors are just in it for themselves and that ‘you’re all the same’ when there is no effective opposition?”

Some of the blogs by individual politicians get very nasty, but I had hoped they not did take their venom with them to meetings.

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