November 19, 2013 Leave a comment
There are some who will hark on about the lack of democracy at the Civic Centre in the Borough of Southend-on-Sea. Their number does not include me – although I am unhappy with much that the administration locally does, they do act within the parameters of our democracy. This is what you want, this is what you get. It must be, because every single member who has just voted to close the council’s care homes was voted in. Therein lies the danger with abstention and blind allegiance.
The cabinet, led by Cllr Nigel Holdcroft, has sealed the fates of Priory and Delaware Houses. I am not blind to reality – a Labour administration would have made cuts too. The difference between us and them is that at least we can claim to be fighting the dread Cameron/Clegg coalition tooth and nail. I also like to hope that we would be doing things a lot differently – for starters not engaging in wasteful vanity projects.
It must be said that the care homes review has serious question marks over it – so serious that I believe it should have been re-opened. The Tories closed the door on this option today.
In January we will have a by-election in Nigel Holdcroft’s ward – I like to think of this West Leigh by-election as the “what do we think of the cuts so far?” by-election.
Rubbish, I say, utter rubbish.
Cllr Holdcroft may not like opposition tactics at times, but his mis-administration leaves many of us with no other option.