Along with Exeter city council we stood in Exeter
High Street and asked people their opinions on the council or the government.
These are some very interesting experiences and opinions on the state of Exeter
and the nation.
Brian Cox Was concerned about a range of problems and
Would like to see more cultural events and gas
few gripes with Exeter city council. He is more worried about how the poor are
treated, Brian told me
"I don't have a massive gripe about Exeter the
place, the cultural stuff... I don't agree with the policy of austerity because
the wrong people are being made to pay for the greed and mismanagement of
some,... it needs an international approach, we have an economy more open to
the world economy. He had lots to say about the bedroom tax, he told me
"It will work in London of supply and demand down here. .it's a policy
that's designed to placate certain voters and make headlines but won't
The Labor party in Exeter has supported demonstrations and dislikes the tax
but thanks to the way local government works can do nothing about it. In many
rural areas the tax has cost money as privately rented properties have higher
rents. There have been problems because people in villages have to move further
away from their jobs "This could penalize people working hard on low wages
by making them move three towns away – that is a long trod when you have got a
tough job on the farm." Brain Cox may well be right about the "Bedroom
Tax" and his concerns.
Teenagers Tim and Ewen had concerns about skate
parks and leisure facilities in Winkleigh. The council has destroyed the local
skate ramp and the boys had no idea why "The parks and skate parks are
getting rubbish, we had quite a good skate park but they chopped it down."
Local bus user Peter Taylor had of a variety of
complaints about the bus service. He felt Stagecoach could
"Use their brains. "
He told me
"When they had the Dawlish air show they
didn't put any busses on when they were obviously necessary"
Politics affects everyone in every walk of life
so even though if you don't think you're political have your say.