IN MY view, The Herald is acting arrogantly by declaring it is 'The Voice of Plymouth'. The people are The Voice of Plymouth (vox populi) and at the last local election those people made their voice heard and as a result Tudor Evans was returned as the Leader of Plymouth City Council. The Herald is an unelected body which needs the people of Plymouth to produce its newspaper.
Tudor Evans speaking about the airport debate in The Herald om September 25 said, "the private sector was unable to operate a commercially viable airport". The question that arises is, how many of the 37,000 people who signed the petition to keep the airport actually used the airport? If 37,000 people were using the airport on a weekly basis it would not have closed. It would appear that 37,000 people in Plymouth want an airport but don't want to use it weekly.
In my view, Plymouth needs an incinerator because it cannot continue to landfill tonnes of household waste. Do people realise how much waste they collectively put out each week? It would appear that many people in Plymouth want to put out tonnes of household waste each week but don't want an incinerator to burn it.
Last year there were protests and petitions about phone masts. It appeared that many people in Plymouth wanted to have mobile phones but didn't want phone masts put up near to where they live.
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In my view, too many people in Plymouth want their cake and want to eat it as well.
I think that Tudor Evans' role by its very nature can make him unpopular. If he is popular then, in my view, he may not be doing his job. He cannot please all of the people all of the time and because of this he may from time to time see his name, with comments, daubed on walls around the city. If this should happen then he can take comfort because it will indicate that he is being respected.