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Rocke

Who would make a good Mayor?

Go on, I might as well finish by being a tad mischievous (I know Saeson, I know..... Very Happy )

Anyone any ideas about Mayor of the Borough?

(NOTE - and forgive me admin for doing your job - NO libellous remarks please !!!! )  

An elder statesman, someone respected by everyone (and of course Labour ) ???
SonOfACynic

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An elder statesman, someone respected by everyone (and of course Labour ) ???


Come off it Rocke, this is a trick question isn't it  Laughing

I nominate Santa Clause

no no wait...........

The Tooth Fairy

haaaaaaaaaang on i know..............

I nominate the Easter Bunny (the real one)
Rocke

It appears that it was.

The Borough's No. 1 citizen, someone who 8 or so years ago was convicted of er.... in effect defrauding the Borough.

Voted in by a Labour-controlled council.

And someone who, following that conviction, was deemed still to be fit to be the Labour-controlled Community Council's Clerk.

And to think Mam and Dad always told me that honesty was the best policy.
Clearly the best policy is to become a Labour Party member.
853 OKG

Do we need a Mayor? What benefits does having one bring us? What exactly is the role of Mayor? Would it drastically affect my life if there was no Mayor?  Confused
Rocke

In my opinion - no.

The 'Mayor's Club' is a sort of grouping whereby Mayors from each Council have their particular 'Civic Day' (BGC's is around the end of June, if I remember correctly) and provide hospitality accordingly.

The cost of that, of course, is borne by Council Tax payers.

Cllr Graham Bartlett therefore gets the benefit of 22 'jollies', one of which is paid for by us, and the others only the cost of transport is paid by us.

However, he gets more hospitality as the Labour-controlled Community Council's Clerk, where he accompanies its Mayor - this year one Julian Meek, elected member for Llanhilleth, to the 'Civic occasion' of other Community Councils.

Henceforth let no-one refer to 'the life of Riley' because 'the life of Bartlett' is far better.
853 OKG

A person I know from another borough who I always thought of as a honest decent guy, was recently elected as a councillor. He was seen having a few days away at a West Wales resort. When I asked him did he enjoy himself, he replied of course, it was a"Freebie" It didn't take him long to jump on the bandwagon. Quite sad really. Does being in politics change a person or is always there? How many really put representing the people before representing themselves?
martyn142

853 OKG wrote:
How many really put representing the people before representing themselves?

A few, but not many. Even those who start off with good intentions usually jump on the gravy train before too long.
DIPDAP

a major ? i think thats the last cost we need to be paying out on . Be a good idea instead of trying to look for ways to spend money ,that maybe we need to actually cut out things that are not needed , and try make some money back because all these ideas sadly come at a cost to public and to be honest we cant afford it . so scrap that idea how much have we saved already ? theres plenty more to cut back on , but its where do we start ?
DIPDAP

as for the councillor who recently called his trip a freebee . sadly its not free we the public pay for it . And hes bragging this is he really the person that needs to be the voice of the public ? I think name and shame him and anyone else thats doing it . We all work hard for our pay sadly my job does not come with free trips and free this and that . thats because its not free someone has to pay the bill i think i run next time . I wont be liked much though sadly too honest and upfront for some of them . say some because there are one or two that are very good at what they do . funny they not liked by other councillors either . I wonder why that is? LOL
Rocke

Some interesting points raised here.

As soon as I was elected people assumed I was on the gravy train.
It was almost as if I'd changed overnight, when nothing I did was actually different. I drank in the same places, at the 'usual' times, Ruth and I carried on our normal social lives. Nothing changed, apart from of course the addition of council-related conversations, arguments etc.

A Mayor is a Borough's figurehead, a very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very watered-down version of the Queen/Head of State.

Imagine her getting caught shoplifting !

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