Its not the first time I have met Margaret Thatcher although it was the first time champagne carol had met her, i have worked in the house of commons as a political researcher so i met quite a lot of MPs from all parties.
I understand the position of stig and have had coverstations irl with Gervase on these subjects over the odd glass or two...
My only observation here is that I would be the first to admit that not all my time within the party have been happy but in conversation with friends who are activists within the labour party they have similiar stories to tell to stigs post.
Most councillors i know are involved in local government becuase they are trying to help their locality and they are mad enough to put the time in so i have at least two things in common with most councillors before we even start talking politics, the environment within which we swim is not perfect and to quote the old saw from churchill "Democracy is the worst form of government except for everything else" but it is what it is. I try to make a difference sometimes I succeed sometimes i don't but the trying is the important part.