Wirral Council consultation is 'expensive sham'

First published in Letters

ONE of the questions in Wirral Council's ongoing consultation asks whether residents favour a switch in the local election timetable to complete elections once every four years rather than the present system where partial elections take place three in every four years.

However, Wirral's ruling Labour cabinet clearly isn't bothered about what residents think.

In December, it voted to change the election timetable long before the public consultation was complete.

Given the justified unpopularity of the current government, this switch obviously favours the Labour party.

 

This clearly demonstrates that the “ You Decide” consultation is an expensive, politically expedient sham.

Pat Cleary,
Green Party.

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5:23pm Tue 29 Jan 13

Hugo1008 says...

We should have an open fair system that makes each and every one of the political class fully accountable to the electorate.
We should have proper recall systems.
MPs and Councilors should not be allowed to change horses without an immediate election. Locally or Nationally.
Political Party Politics should be banned from Local Government, unless the Candidate is fully supported by the Political Party he represents and not the ratepayers.

It is Ludicrousness that a local Councillors is fully supported in a lavish life style by all the ratepayers in a ward.
When all they represent is a tiny minority of Party Members out of the resident in the Local Ward.
When he or she clearly should be working exclusively for the whole local population and not a Political Party, as happens now.
We should have an open fair system that makes each and every one of the political class fully accountable to the electorate. We should have proper recall systems. MPs and Councilors should not be allowed to change horses without an immediate election. Locally or Nationally. Political Party Politics should be banned from Local Government, unless the Candidate is fully supported by the Political Party he represents and not the ratepayers. It is Ludicrousness that a local Councillors is fully supported in a lavish life style by all the ratepayers in a ward. When all they represent is a tiny minority of Party Members out of the resident in the Local Ward. When he or she clearly should be working exclusively for the whole local population and not a Political Party, as happens now. Hugo1008
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10:53pm Sat 2 Feb 13

bickyboy says...

What the Hell does it matter how often the public get the chance to elect our councillors, if they keep picking the same bunch of parasitic losers every time?
What the Hell does it matter how often the public get the chance to elect our councillors, if they keep picking the same bunch of parasitic losers every time? bickyboy
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2:05pm Mon 4 Feb 13

smabo says...

Pat, I quite like you and I think you do a lot of good things in Birkenhead and Tranmere - which is very noble of you considering you live in West Kirby - but you really need to check your facts before putting your thoughts down in print.

The four-year election cycle was part of a proposal to save a further £29.6 million. However, the minutes of the meeting stress:-

(5) Savings options 2013/16 totalling £29.6 million be agreed, in principle, subject to the outcome of further consultation where required.

In addition, they stated:-

(7) These proposals be referred to special Overview and Scrutiny Committees for further consideration.

So hardly a fait accompli, even if it is a proposal that the Cabinet clearly supports. Condemning the whole consultation exercise on the basis of one, incorrect, assertion is a tad unfair.
Pat, I quite like you and I think you do a lot of good things in Birkenhead and Tranmere - which is very noble of you considering you live in West Kirby - but you really need to check your facts before putting your thoughts down in print. The four-year election cycle was part of a proposal to save a further £29.6 million. However, the minutes of the meeting stress:- (5) Savings options 2013/16 totalling £29.6 million be agreed, in principle, subject to the outcome of further consultation where required. In addition, they stated:- (7) These proposals be referred to special Overview and Scrutiny Committees for further consideration. So hardly a fait accompli, even if it is a proposal that the Cabinet clearly supports. Condemning the whole consultation exercise on the basis of one, incorrect, assertion is a tad unfair. smabo
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