As Tony is unavailable at the moment, you've got my blog on the results of the Mayoral Referendum.
Well, the YES camp won, and some! Click here for the Sentinel article which broke the news.
Mike Barnes is over the moon, and has said "“The result today I think is a victory for democracy. Democracy is back in Stoke-on-Trent.” Let's hope he's right.
What we now must wait to see is who the front runners are for the Leader's job. I am sure there will be scurryings in the Council Chambers, deals being done on who will vote for whom, etc.
As citizens of Stoke on Trent, we must now ensure that are Councillors become ACCOUNTABLE and do what we want them to do, rather than push through some Government agenda (as our friend Mayor Meredith did).
Paul Breeze, for the NO camp is quoted: “I’m deeply disappointed. We’re going back to a system that led our city into decline.” Well, it's up to those 60 councillors (including the Council Leader), the council's (highly) paid officials, and the good people of this city to ensure it doesn't go into decline.
It's time we all started working together for the good of the city, not any one political party.
What worries me is Meredith's comment that he's now going to push through what he's started. Things like BSF etc. Well, he's done enough damage already, so I think it's time it was called to a halt. And the councillors who will be left to run this city after May 2009 should do exactly that.
There are lots of comments flying around, people saying they will leave the city etc. Are these the people that have actually bothered to vote? With a very low turnout of just over 19%, it seems people are apathetic about what happens in this city. But they will probably be the first ones to start moaning (and probably already have).
What do you all think about it? Sorry my posts aren't as exciting as Tony's, but you are stuck with me (and hopefully some additional satire from The Oracle), for the next few days.....