London’s Tory mayor, Boris Johnson has already hiked bus fares for the poorest – he’s now set to scrap the target of 50% affordable housing across the city.
One man wielding such power is the antithesis of democracy. Ideally, proposed legislation should be put to the public vote, of course. But until then we need to be sure that decisions are being made through parliamentary rather than dictatorial processes.
So it’s good to see that a majority of Stoke citizens have voted to abolish their elected mayor…
The current political system, which is unique in England, will be replaced by a council leader and cabinet set-up.
The referendum vote was 21,231 for a council leader and cabinet, and 14,592 for a mayor and cabinet. The turnout was 19.23%.
A government commission said the city must change its system, under which the elected Labour mayor Mark Meredith and his chief executive make all decisions.