Last year Ramsgate Town Council cost the town's taxpayers £358,000 to run. If you add together the running costs of all the Town and Parish councils in Thanet hard pressed islanders have to pay out an eye-watering £800,000 a year! Surely this money would be better spent on delivering improvements to front line services like social housing or street cleaning, rather than paying for bloated bureaucratic talking shops, full of bloated middle aged men like me, which members of the public never attend.
I say its time for the Town & Parish councils to be abolished! They should be replaced with community forums. The forums will be run by local people and will hold their elected politicians to account. Community forums are a cheaper, more democratic alternative to the expensive waste of times we are forced to pay for now.
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Also the Town Councils are totally dominated by Thanet's political elite. Take Ramsgate and Broadstairs Town Council's for example. One is totally dominated by Labour, the other by Tories. Virtually all of these town councillors are also Thanet District Councillors and some of them like Elizabeth Green & Rick Everitt in Ramsgate are also members of, or are standing for election to, Kent County Council!
In my book this is morally wrong! It's not right for town, district and county council politics to be dominated by the same old, same old faces and the same old, same old parties. This is a democratic dictatorship! And like all dictatorships in history it lays the foundations for bad-practice, mismanagement and corruption!
I say laws should be passed to stop these so-called double and treble hatters from running our local affairs like medieval Barons. Politicians should only be allowed to be members of One Council and One Council only at the same time. I also believe that all politicians from the House of Lords & The House of Commons downwards should only be allowed to serve a maximum of 2 terms of office in a row. Last but not least we need a fair system of voting which means that you vote really counts!
These changes are long over due and will, in my opinion, restore confidence in politics and encourage a lot more people to get involved breaking the stranglehold of the medieval Barons once and for all.
As far as my position is concerned, I resigned from Ramsgate Town Council with immediate effect on 22 March. If you elect me to represent Ramsgate at Kent County Council in May I will also resign my position on Thanet District Council. I hope my colleague candidates will do the same!
My resignation from Ramsgate Town Council, will unfortunately cost money, but I have spoken to Council officers and have been assured that by resigning on 22 March, any by election could take place on the same day as the KCC election, keeping costs to a minimum.
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