It puts far too much power in the hands of a small group of ‘mates’ chosen not always for the best of motives.
There was never a good reason to switch from the old and well-tested committee system; after all, it worked well for decades.
One of its great advantages of the Committee System is that it allowed the leadership to draw upon a huge array of talent and expertise: it also overcame the ‘cabal’ effect of the Cabinet system.
This is not particularly an attack on K&C.
The Dame tells her Lib Dem and Labour friends they too would be tempted to ride roughshod over residents had they untrammeled control over a council.
One of the other great advantages of the old system was the flourishing of independent candidates: men and women who refused to be whipped.
They were often strong characters who asked the difficult questions: an excellent counterweight in a politically monopolistic council.
Let’s start a debate about the efficacy of the Cabinet system and the role of the Independent councillor.
At the same time let’s also focus on bringing home to K&C some of the many services we have outsourced during the Tri-Borough debacle.