Had enough of ya-boo politics

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THERE are months to go before the local authority election but we suspect readers are already sorely tired of the ya-boo politics which casts our councillors in such a poor light.

Labour councillor Isobel Bowler has admitted on a Twitter site that Labour’s 13 years in power actually saw a deepening of the inequalities between the two sides of Britain.

Straight away, Lib Dem opponents have leapt at the chance to brand her as two-faced for saying in private what Labour councillors have declined to admit in public.

This is all a bit rich, considering that the last election was fought on policies which were so close together on some issues that they appeared to be joined at the hip.

We agree with Coun Bowler that councillors ought to have better things to do than constantly monitor their rivals’ Twitter accounts.

This is a time for determined leadership and strong policies. The people of Sheffield need guidance to help them through the difficult times which have landed at the door of our public services.

If councillors have to be at loggerheads, let it be over genuine issues which affect the people of Sheffield rather than whether someone has been indiscreet and simply said what all the statistics show to be the case.

Gift will help needy lead healthy lives

CHRISTMAS spilled over into the New Year for homeless people in Sheffield who received a cash boost from local healthcare insurer Westfield Health.

The firm handed over £10,000 to help the Archer Project, which is based at Sheffield Cathedral, to continue its work with hard up individuals.

Among their aims is promoting healthy and stable lifestyles and we are sure that this gift will go a long way to making this possible. But it will also help the organisation provide more basic services, such as serving up hot meals to its clients - which it does 15,9000 times every year.

That gives some idea of the scale of the Archer Project’s work and we hope others will follow Westfield’s generous lead.

Rise above challenge

SOME grim news will come as little surprise to many Sheffield people - and it will offer no comfort whatsoever. For it has been reckoned that Sheffield folk have been hit harder by the economic downturn than many other cities.

The number of personal insolvencies reported in Sheffield rose by 35 per cent since before the credit crunch in 2008. Over the same period, the national average was 28 per cent.

This makes grim reading but we are sure the strength of character found in Sheffield will help people rise above this challenge and continue to find ways of getting the city back on its feet.