Tuesday, 7 October 2008
The Biggest Decision In The History of The City!
What we need is the type of debate that they have in America for the Presidential Elections. You know the ones where they go toe to toe on a stage in front of the nation!
Picture the scene Mike Barnes (democracy4stoke) and Paul Breeze (pro mayor campaigner) standing on the stage on the Kings Hall walking the walk and talking the talk about the pro's and con's of each system being grilled by those two nice Sentinel people that present the "Our Heroes" awards (they look like telly stars those two!).
Seriously we need a massive turn out to this referendum on the 23rd October. We need to hear the voice of the people loud and clear. Politicians need to make themselves heard and more importantly Mike Barnes and Paul Breeze need to have a public debate that can be followed on radio so that the public can choose the outcome best for the city, whichever that might be.
We at pitsnpots have already started to debate the merits of each system and there have been some good points raised, but more information is needed as people are still confused about the options. We need to make sure those people who have a vote but don't have English as their first language understand what they are voting for. Organisations like the REC & the Shelton Islamic Centre have to play their part and if all this happens we should look forward to a massive turnout.
In 2005 we had a 46% turnout and to be honest that was not good enough, more than half that were eligible to vote could not be bothered.
This time with everything that has gone on in the city whilst the present mayor has been in power i think we will see a massive turnout. People motivated by the schools reorganisation, the closing of elderly care provisions and things like the Dimensions fiasco will motivate people to get to the polling stations and have their say. Also in 2005 the vote for mayor was on the same day as a general election and perhaps was somewhat overshadowed by it. Whatever the circumstances, the two opposing sides to this debate need to bring their points to us the people of this great city, a city which recently has been a bit of a laughing stock but with the right system can and will be a great credit to it's population. So come on Councilor Barnes and Mr Breeze bring it on! Don't let the debate be heard in small venues in front of small audiences, think big, think bold, THINK STOKE!
To read a great and well written piece on this in today's Sentinel Click Here: