Telegraph View: All opinions are up for debate

Nancy Fielder
Nancy Fielder

What was your first response to today’s front page story calling for the city to support our council as it makes bold decisions for the future?

What crosses your mind when you read that part of the reason the council’s deputy leader has stepped down Sheffield Council’s deputy leader Leigh Brama;; resigns was because of personal abuse online?

If the anger, drive and sheer bloody-mindedness that is put into some Sheffield campaigns was directed to driving our city forward as a whole there would be no stopping us

Now journalists are a cynical bunch and Sheffielders love a good moan - so put these things together and I am not naturally shaped to constantly think positive. However, it is blindingly clear that as individuals and a city we must help those who are trying to help the place where we choose to live, work and play.

It is all too easy to blame the faceless mass of our council for the city’s woes.

It is also terrifyingly simple to be angrier and meaner to any individual over a keyboard than face-to-face.

It actually isn’t too hard to write a constructively critical email, talk to your elected representatives or even wave a placard outside our Town Hall. Protesting and campaigning are a proud part of Sheffield’s heritage. We must cherish them so they also form part of our future.

That is not the same as bullying and working against councillors or officials.

Sheffield will get nowhere if we don’t work together.

If the anger, drive and sheer bloody-mindedness that is put into some Sheffield campaigns was directed to driving our city forward as a whole there would be no stopping us.

However I realise it is individual issues that usually drive people to such passion and much of the fury is from the feeling of not being heard.

If we all want the same thing, a better Sheffield, then we have to be better than that.

If you don’t think your elected members are listening then use your vote.

Otherwise work with them, even when you don’t agree with them.

There isn’t an opinion that can’t be changed.