Williams Thompson

Williams Thompson Solicitors

My Happy Christmas wishes this year go, unusually, to our local councillors....

As a group I suspect they are seldom at the top of anyone’s Christmas list, but I cannot but notice that they are having an unusually hard time of it at present.

Not a day seems to go by without the Bournemouth Echo highlighting council disagreements and reporting criticisms of the incumbents. Admittedly they have a lot of material to work with. As I write this I see the councillors are reported as accusing each other of being “disgraceful”, “arrogant” and “patronising”.

Not only that, but even our local MP, Christopher Chope, has involved himself and is consultation as being “seriously flawed”. All good clean fun you might say!

These days, however, social media and the ability of people to add comments at the end of press articles makes the whole thing so much more unpleasant. Scroll down to the bottom of any press article and you will see a series of anonymous and hostile troll comments. Some of the comments are very personal, singling out individual counsellors with particular venom.

I imagine most local councillors put themselves forward with good intentions and I suspect they and their families little expected they would be the target of such abuse.

It is a worry for the rest of us, as I suspect the time will come when able candidates will think twice before putting themselves forward.

So I wish our councillors a Happy Christmas but I suspect that until the current council reorganisation is resolved, wishes for “Goodwill to all Mankind” and hopes for a “Prosperous New Year” are steps too far.


Peter Watson-Lee


Christchurch Chamber of Trade and Commerce

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