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One man makes decision
12:51pm Friday 4th October 2013 in Letters
SO, the Union Flag flies over the town because Ian Carr and his Cabinet “consider it a good idea” (Letters page, 27 September).
By implication, if he and his chosen chums hadn’t liked the idea, all the petitions, letters and direct approaches in the world would not have seen it raised above our civic buildings.
This system – “The Cabinet comprises seven elected members, who are appointed by the leader and have powers to take decisions on the council’s behalf” – is rotten to the core.
It basically means that if the leader, Ian Carr, does not like something, or does not consider it to be a “good idea”, it will not happen, regardless of its value or merit.
For whom amongst his “appointed”
Cabinet colleagues will be prepared to challenge him? It is an autocracy by any other name.
As far as I can tell the Cabinet system of decision-making is the sole reason that our war memorial is not already back in the High Street.
It essentially means that Ian Carr, who is openly against its return, can single-handedly block any calls to have it reinstated.
It can’t be right that one man can simply ignore the wishes of the majority, of those that care one way or the other, who want to see it back outside the Guildhall.
Frankly, I am appalled that one man has been given so much power.
Dr Bob Roberts, Millway Road, Andover