Thus starts the letter from Pip Elton in today's Bury Free Press. I would reproduce all of it, but technical difficulties (i.e. mine) mean it would take too long. It is certainly worth the 55p. (PS Here is the full text from the BFP website.)
Here is my initial response:
1. I fully understand that any picture of me may not find favour, but why pick on me just because of a couple of photos last week? Readers should be grateful that the third story (smoking ban) didn't also include a pose of me looking disapprovingly at smokers on the pavement of an Abbeygate public house.
2. Whilst this issue will be of concern to all cabinet members and indeed all councillors, it does not fall within my portfolio. Again, why pick on me?
3. The writer goes on to suggest that the incident demonstrates the mushrooming of local authorities' responsibilities in a negative direction, as if we should not deal with abandoned vehicles. Yet surely she would be the first to complain if a car was abandoned in Felsham Road.
4. She says that this is an example of why taxes increase. Has she forgotten that the largest group of taxpayers only pay £2.49 per week for all St Edmundsbury's services - a less than inflation rise of 7p per week this year?
5. "The victims have been named and photographed" and so should the perpetrator. What nonsense - the victims have surely willingly posed.