Thursday, 21 March 2013

Budget 14th Feb, 2013 - Council Confusion.

Confusion reigns within the council ruling group as more councillors try to distance themselves from the consequences of their atrocious decisions.  They try and claim that "scoring exercises" done last year absolve them from their worst actions.

There is one, and one only, decision-making forum for deciding the council's budget at that was, 14th February 2013 at 4:00pm.  This is enshrined in democratic law and is to be done in public.  This is where all 31 elected councillors should make their choices. Whatever desperate excuses are given, 6 councillors voted to save the air service and 24 voted to axe it, that is the simple inescapable reality.

Any arrangements or deals entered into beforehand, threatens this fundamental democratic requirement.  If any councillor secured themselves to a decision before that, they were extremely badly advised.  This could suggest the decision-making chamber is an expensive gathering of lawyers, accountants, chief officers and 31 councillors for a rubber stamping exercise, in short a democratic sham.

Donald Manford.