Well, i've just received my Polling Card for the Referendum on 23rd of October. Now, I don't know how many of you are the same, but I keep changing my mind on what to choose. I can only think, that at least with the Mayoral and Cabinet System, we the people get to choose. On the other hand, do we the people think that the Mayoral system has been a success? We could say Yes on some issues, but No on others. If we choose a Leader and Cabinet, who will this person be? Bearing in mind that every party will put a candidate forward, then there will be a Council vote. Who would you the people hope for, as Leader? What Councillor springs to mind, in your opinion, that can take this City forward? Then we have the Mayoral System. Who would you like to see put themselves forward, Mike Wolfe for example? Is there someone out there, that fancies giving it a go? Let us know? My son votes for the first time, and have tried to make the point, that he should take an interest, and use his vote. After, trying to explain the difference between the two systems, he said, "well the mayoral system sounds good, as we can choose, but then again wouldnt it be a good idea to have a change, so I'm not sure yet". How many people have got 18 year olds, who are voting for the first time, and have had similar discussions? My fear, is, that because there has become a total lack of interest in local politics, if the parents have this negative attitude, will this rub off onto these young men/woman, who will adopt the attitude of, well it really doesn't make a difference, so I won't bother. Having said that, having listened to many people's opinions, they do firmly believe that their vote won't matter, or make a difference to changing how the City is run. In people's words "they're all a waste of space". Now I would not be so critical. There are some excellent Councillors who work hard for their wards. I've had a look on the Council Web, and many sit on various Committee's, (and I don't mean Council), and do a lot of work for the community. So, maybe we the public can be a little harsh at times. There could be some major decisions that have been made, that will sway how people vote. There is the controversial BSF Programme, and the closure of the care homes, and even the debacle when Dimensions faced closure. We at Pits n Pots would urge every citizen of Stoke on Trent, to use this vote, as this does matter, and will affect how your City is run. What to choose is a different matter. Please join the debate, and give us your views.