Angus Young: Nothing beats ordinary people standing up for what they believe in
I am sure no one gets involved in politics at a local level to cut public services.
As such, the current squeeze on public finances is testing the resolve of those elected to represent the public like never before.
This week I went to two meetings where passions were running high over the impact of funding cuts, welfare reforms, unemployment and – in the case of fed-up residents living in the city's Holland Street area – horrible housing conditions.
The first one was a throwback to gatherings I used to report on back in the 1980s, when support groups for striking miners and campaigns against the poll tax were all the rage.
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It was hosted by the Hull arm of the Labour Representation Committee, a left-leaning group of party activists which includes two city councillors who say they will not support proposals by their own Labour group to cut jobs at services at next week's budget-setting meeting.
The stance by Gary Wareing and Gill Kennett is another throwback to the days when internal Labour policy rows ended up with rebel councillors going public to air their views.
It has not happened for more than a decade in Hull but it underlines the soul-searching now going on among local councillors of all persuasions.
When it comes to next week's crunch budget vote, I expect a few Labour abstentions, rather than outright opposition, but we shall have to wait and see what happens.
The other meeting saw a healthy number of people air their views on the proposed closure of Anlaby Park library, which is part of the Labour budget plans.
Their thoughtful analysis and opinions on the issue were refreshing to hear.
Both meetings in their different ways reminded me that nothing really beats ordinary people – and a few activists – getting off their backsides and standing up for what they believe in.