Friday, 9 December 2011
Reduce councillors and cut pay
Say the Tameside Tax Payers Alliance, and who could disagree? Certainly not Carl Simmons who also has a letter on the same subject in this weeks edition of the Tameside Advertiser.
While I have no issues whatsoever with the Tax Payers Alliance letter, I do find myself disagreeing with Carl Simmons’s suggestion that councillors, once elected, should then only face re-election once in every four years.
I would have no objections to Mr Simmons’s suggestion of one councillor per ward. During these times of hardship and austerity this proposal makes perfect sense. However, assuming there was a change of circumstances in the council and it was decided that one ward = one councillor, just as one constituency has one MP, would it not then be a disastrous state of affairs if that one councillor turned out to be useless and you were stuck with that individual for four years?
Surely a far better idea is one ward, one councillor and one election per year? This way the councillor would be obliged to do the job they are so handsomely paid to do, and if they failed in their duties, the electorate would have the option to vote in a new councillor. If an individual councillor had to face the prospect of re-election every year, they would really have to earn their pay or face eviction from the public purse funded gravy train.