Joyce Wotherspoon’s satirical gem was a superb tour de force, (Morpeth Herald, July 28).
Impeccably crafted, it was an unflinching portrayal of a town beleaguered and betrayed by those who seem to care nothing for its history, or its soul.
Setting her sights on the whole range of insults and outrages inflicted upon our town, she skewered each of her targets unerringly as contributing to the shameful destruction of the character of Morpeth and posing a very real threat to its future existence.
Her letter was exquisite in its sustained irony, and beneath its elegant surface it was a howl of protest at the violation of Morpeth and the seemingly breathtaking contempt for its residents. There can be no doubt that her indignation will find an echo in the views and apprehensions of many who are dismayed at what is no less than the dismantling of the very fabric of Morpeth’s being.
The letter from Keith Soulsby printed on the same page attests to this.
Joyce Wotherspoon’s words should be a rallying call to all who share her anger.
Some of the losses we have sustained are beyond redemption, but it should not be impossible to challenge the depredation’s continued advance. Tragically, past experience teaches us that petitions can expect to be ignored. It should not be like this. Everyone who cares about this developing catastrophe should speak out loudly whenever and wherever possible to demand that those responsible be called to account.
Joyce Wotherspoon’s whole letter delivers a powerful indictment of those responsible for whom it should be required reading, lest they should be unaware of the level of anger and resentment autocratic decisions create.
Accountability is an essential part of the bedrock of democracy. In this regard, no one should forget that the Morpeth Neighbourhood Plan is now the law.