Tuesday, 28 December 2010

Dr Marek's Half Baked Plans!

Obviously Dr John Marek has had a quiet Christmas, he seems to have had plenty of time to dream up his next half baked, hair brained 'plan' for the long suffering people of Wrecsam. Yes, our Dr Marek is now proposing that when the current Chief Executive Isobel Garner leaves, that the people of Wrecsam directly elects a Mayor to run our affairs.

Dr Marek claims they have been a success in England with Boris being the 'Jewel in the Crown,' but he conveniently forgets those municiplaities where directly elected mayors have been a cause for concern resulting in none other than Eric Pickles MP, a Tory colleague of Dr Marek's sending in teams to monitor the Mayor's performance

Has it suddenly dawned on Dr Marek that he won't win Wrecsam in the Assembly elections and his Plan B could be that he gets the Tory nomination for the first directly elected Mayor of Wrecsam?

I don't really see the people of Wrecsam wanting to waste hundreds of thousands of pounds on a referendum and the salary of a Mayor rather than appointing and paying a professional Chief Executive answerable to 52 democratically elected Councillors.


menaiblog said...

I suppose that if H'Angus the Monkey can be elected mayor of Hartlepool, that young John has a chance of doing the same in Wrexham

Carrie Harper said...

I agree that having someone directly elected would increase beurocracy and cost a fortune and with the wrong person could be an absolute disaster, but at the same time I don't really agree with the idea of Chief Execs either (or their extre...me saleries!).

Basically at the moment the civil service is ultimately answerable to yet another civil servant, able in many cases to over rule the political direction they're given. Take the Assembly for instance, the top civil servant (the permanent secretary) is only directly answerable to the chief civil servant in Westminster, rather than to the those that represent the people of Wales. So in other words, in this case they have no direct accountability to the people they're there to represent.

The danger is that you end up with someone at the head of a local council or government who may be more than qualified professionally but has no concept of the welsh context nationally, or in the case of a council, the local context. Very, very often they have no experience of the people or communities they're working for and can be ignorant to local aspirations and needs. That is a big problem.

I suppose ultimately it very much depends on the person individually, their knowledge of the local area and whether their motivation is to do the best they can for the people they're representing, or whether they're there for the position of power and the fat salery.

I've admitedly not got an alternative that solves all these issues but the current set up isn't exactly brilliant. I think one of the biggest problems we have in Wales is the civil service, they control everything and have no direct accountability.

It would be interesting to hear other people's thoughts on this one!

Plaid Gwersyllt said...

A start would be a Welsh Civil Service answerable to Welsh Ministers.