Rotherham's Cabinet – What No Women!

Councillor Roger Stone Chairman Leader of Council

Councillor Jahangir Akhtar Cabinet Member for Safe and Attractive Neighbourhoods

Councillor John Doyle Member for Health and Social Care

Councillor Mahroof Hussain Member for Community Development and Engagement

Councillor Paul Lakin Member for Children and Young People’s Services

Councillor Richard S. Russell Member for Streetpride

Councillor Iain St. John Member for Cultural Services and Sport

Councillor Terry Sharman Vice-Chairman and responsible for Human Resources, Equalities, Training & Development

Councillor Gerald Smith Member for Economic Development, Planning and Transportation

Councillor Glyn Whelbourn Member for

Councillor Ken Wyatt Member for Resources

At first glance this Cabinet is pretty poor, lacking in talent, vision and ability. Nothing new about that then!

Second glance identifies the glaring omission. No Women at all! How can this be?

Thanks to Labour’s quest for gender equality, there are women Labour councillors but Roger Stone did not feel that any of them were up to it! Is he Right?

Jane Austen, Josephine Burton, Sue Ellis, Jaquie Falvey, Jane Hamilton, Jane Havenhand, Hilda Jack, Lindsay Johnston, Rose McNeely, Amy Rushforth (Kevin Barron’s daughter), Gwendoline Ann Russell, Pat Russell (Wife of R S Russell), Sheila Walker and Jennifer Whysall, have all been rejected by the Council Leader as not talented enough to serve in his Cabinet.

This means that not one of the fifteen female councillors is judged as able enough, by comparison with their male colleagues, to serve as Cabinet Members. Even a cursory glance at some in the Cabinet makes this appear patently ridiculous! There are at least four or five males that serve in the current Cabinet whose abilities are clearly inferior to one or more of the female back bench councillors and indeed, most if not all of their backbench Male colleagues!

Roger Stone is really taking the electorate for fools with this Cabinet. They are pretty well devoid of talent, arrogant, self opinionated and unwilling to listen to anyone but themselves and fully imbued with Rotherham’s culture of secrecy and Stalinist approach to control of decision making. Rotherham is also being run by a gerontocracy it seems!

We don’t have real democracy in Rotherham and this proves it!

This is just the latest example of Rotherham Labour treating those they are supposed to serve with complete and utter contempt. No wonder the people of Rotherham are disillusioned and more sceptical and cynical than I have ever known in the last thirty years.

Time for a change! I think.

Rik

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