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I thought I’d give my view on some of the nonsense bandied around by the Bristol Labour Party concerning the imminent referendum (Thursday 5th May) on whether we keep the Mayoral governance system in Bristol.
‘The Committee System was a failure’
No, Tony Blair’s government decided to scrap it and force the Leader and Cabinet model on cities like Bristol.
‘Committees are smoke-filled rooms where decisions are made in secret’
Under the Mayoral system, people have been kept in the dark about decision-making. With a committee system, there’ll transparency and the public can hold their local councillors to greater account.
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