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LDC in Private Eye again

On 13 Jul 2012 at 10:52pm Dave wrote:
The Tories have continued their proud record of regular appearances in Private Eye's Rotten Boroughs. Below is the text of the latest one:

Lewes district council‚??s authoritarian new Tory leader James Page has come up with a brilliant way to avoid all that tiresome democratic nonsense about being accountable to councillors and voters.

The Sussex council already operates under what in local government jargon is known as the ‚??strong leader model‚?Ě whereby the leader runs things with a cabinet of yes-men and backbench councillors have very little say. Cllr Page has gone a step further. He has established his own star chamber called the ‚??Nexus board‚?Ě which has just two permanent members ‚?? himself and chief executive Jenny Rolands. Discussions take place in private in un-minuted meetings between the two, plus selected officers on a ‚??need to know‚?Ě basis. Decisions are presented as a done-deal to the cabinet with very little transparency and no public scrutiny. Could this ‚??behind closed doors‚?Ě form of local government be the face of things to come?

On 14 Jul 2012 at 12:10am expat two wrote:
They mean 'The Thatcher System'
On 14 Jul 2012 at 8:28am Annette Curtin-Twitcher wrote:
Typical. LDC are fiercely un-acccountable imo. They treat anyone who asks to see fiels in connection with planning matters as though they'd asked to inspect the archives at the Lubianka.
This is just more of the same.
On 14 Jul 2012 at 10:06am Clifford wrote:
On the other hand, they're not too bad on Freedom of Information requests. More of them should help keep LDC on their toes.
On 14 Jul 2012 at 1:45pm Grumpy trader wrote:
Not too bad at freedom of information my arse ! Beem acting for a reply since 19th June feet dragging seems to be their way of burying problems
On 14 Jul 2012 at 9:56pm Fairmeadow wrote:
Replies to FOI requests are due within 28 days. You have a few more days before you have grounds for complaint, GT.

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