PHELIM Mac Cafferty is not the first local politician to get themselves involved with national and international affairs and I doubt if he will be the last.

For some unfathomable, to me, reasons some of them seem unable to just "stick to the day job" but, instead, feel qualified to pontificate on the world stage.

Local councillors are voted into office by relatively small numbers of voters - in Mr Mac Cafferty's case 1,654 of them - in order to manage local affairs for local people, matters such as refuse collection and disposal for example, and not to spend their time, and possibly council tax payers' money, on offering up their thoughts on, for instance, solving world climate change.

If that job is down to anyone it should be, for example, Peter Kyle, the Member of Parliament for Hove, who was voted into office by almost 33,000

people, virtually 20 times as many of the residents of Hove as Mr Mac Cafferty.

Politics really is a case of "horses for courses" where city councillors should concern themselves with city matters and its three Members of Parliament with UK ones.

Eric Waters