Election Snippet 6: The Big Underlying Issue, the big deceit
In September 2015 Rotherham Council Leader Chris Read signed us up for membership of the Sheffield City Region and a new Mayor.
In true democratic style, the opinions of we the electorate were sought 3 months after announcing the decision to sign us up.
This retrospective “consultation” was primarily in the form of an internet questionnaire; started in December 2015 and concluded in January 2016.
A massive 245 people completed it, out of an election population of circa 1,200,000. The survey results paper managed to fudge whether a majority were for the proposal.
There is an unintentionally funny comment in the official report, saying how few young people responded!
So in the age of a reformed, open and transparent Rotherham Labour party, how come Chris Read signs up for something the people have historically voted against?.
Why has he failed even to discuss it with his fellow Labour Party members, never mind the people of Rotherham?
Maybe you are thinking “why does this matter? After all we are only talking about Housing, Planning, Economic Development and Transport powers.”
Or are we?
In Greater Manchester, Health and the NHS are on the agenda for devolution to the City Region Governance structure and thereby the Mayorality. A so called trial, but there are already signs that the NHS is planning for such devolution across the country. And as George Osbourne’s idea and a policy plank in his bid for the Tory leadership, one can guess he won’t let Manchester be seen to fail.
About this devolution of the NHS Andy Burnham said “I am a bit worried what I’m hearing because it does point to further break-up of the idea of the National Health Service.”
Of course this is all part of Tory Party plans to decimate what their right wing calls “big government,” to deliver it they are bringing in much more powerful Mayoralities, piecemeal and by stealth. Then future cuts to the NHS will be seen as the fault of local government.
Chris Read, I believe you know it. That even if it hadn’t struck you, it would most definitely be understood my Steve Houghton, your political mentor and would be mayor.
So has the local Labour Party and its leadership really changed, in terms of transparency and willingness to discuss the big issues openly with the people of Rotherham?
Not really, they’re just taking quick money to get out of a pickle and improve their own career prospects. Knowing that in the long run the Tories see these as cost saving measures, for services they don’t actually like.
So brothers and sister of Rotherham Labour Group, sing Chris’s anthem to the tune of the Red Flag….….“The working class can kiss my ass, I’ve got the Leaders job at last.”
Readers, be very careful what and who you vote for in May…it may not be what it seems. Ask your candidates about the proposed Mayorality.
Mary B Josephs