Benedict Cumberbatch said “There’s so much in the 21st century that is stymied by bureaucracy
and mediocrity and committee.”
Council is really an interesting beast – we elect 12 councillors and a mayor who all individually
promise to deliver a number of things… (Lower rates, more services and less debt are the three
most popular). What we as voters tend to forget is that once elected Council becomes a huge
lumbering committee led by the majority.
What that means to you the voter is that if you have a sole candidate promising something, for that
promise to become a reality they need another 5-6 votes to get that through… Without the support
of their fellow councillors, they’re dead in the water. Promises also get caught up in red tape and
generally speaking nothing is delivered at pace or without a plethora of what often seems like a
meaningless jumble of reporting and investigation.
This campaign although in the early stages is shaping up to be an interesting one. I’d not be
surprised if we have more candidates than ever before. It’s excellent to see some more diversity
and different ideas amongst the “same old” … I get the impression that should the voter turnout
improve from previous elections, that we’ll certainly see some new faces in the mix.