Thursday, 16 May 2013
CABINET VERSUS COMMITTEE SYSTEM...WHAT'S BEST FOR TAXPAYERS
For decades local government successfully operated using the tried and tested committee system.... one which bought everybody into the decision making process.
So what was point in Blair replacing a system that worked so well with the flawed Cabinet system: one which allows just the favoured few to take decisions? It is a great mystery of our times!
Increasingly councillors are questioning the efficacy of the Cabinet style approach to democracy.
Nottinghamshire County Council is one of several to scrap the Cabinet system and revert to Committees.
As a result all major decisions are taken by councillors meeting ensemble and discussing the issues.
How can one fault such a fair and common sense approach?
For years K&C has been blighted by the Cabinet system.
It allowed one man...year in, year out....to maintain power exploiting a patronage system fuelled by hefty Special Responsibility Allowances. The end result? A virtual dictatorship.
We now need a big debate as to whether our council should continue to operate in this thoroughly unhealthy way.