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Letter: What’s your vote worth?

Date published: 16 April 2018


Dear Editor,

Over the past 25- 30 years political parties have neglected and abused their terms in office.

I intentionally don’t give them labels since they have all collectively failed the electorate of Rochdale old and young.

Central government has played its role in the ongoing trauma experienced by one and all, having passed legislation to reduce any responsibility for council matters and local government.

We have a team of executives that don’t or can’t earn their keep and yet are paid salaries comparable to performing executive groups.

They have been led recently by a council comprised of 60 councillors 48 Labour, 10 Conservatives and two Liberal Democrats.

The council being responsible yet again for appointing the new council leader due once more to the ignominious resignation previous of the previous council leader.

One could say that democratic process has played its role correctly as we voted these people in to their roles and made mistakes over and over again.

Think long and hard now before the May local elections; are you going to make this mistake again or are you going to limit the power of the incoming council to really fix Rochdale’s issues?

A coalition council might be a good thing by taking away rubber stamping opportunities, certainly more independent councillors forcing better and more collective decision making.

The ball is in your court, so break this trend, habit call it what you will, or face more of the same.

My years are numbered so I hope you get it right.

Yours,

Clive Jones

The views expressed are those of the author of the letter and not those of Rochdale Online.

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