Democracy4Stoke (D4S) are seriously considering the need to set up a 'shadow Transition Board'.
With many people on this blog expressing a concern that an unelected(and uncalled for) board of 'talents' is being formed to oversee the work of local elected Councillors, the cross party group know as Democracy for Stoke is seriously considering the need to further the remit of a democratic voice for the tax payers in the City.
Apathy is proven to rule in Stoke and is there for all to see at each and every election and it must be seen as welcome that D4S is seen to take this issue by the horns and run with it.
Democracy has taken a back seat in the City for over six years during the reign of the Mayors, with none appearing to lift us out of the one star status they claimed to be not theirs.
The slight hint of democratic leadership that Mayors were supposed to bring via the direct vote of the people, culminated with policies that seems to ignore those very same people as schools and care homes close around them, against their wishes.
It seems very odd, that a recommendation to set up a 'Transition Board' to hold the hands of elected Councillors, has not been questioned in greater depth when no one voted for this outcome.
So odd is the proposal, that the Labour Group of Councillors actually met to decide what proposals they would agree to and accept (they have a choice?).
Mike Tappin is a former Councillor of great experience, MEP, Leader etc.. but the fact remains that he was booted out because of the policies he chose to inflict upon the people in the South of the City. He now has a remit to see things through, un-elected though, this time.
I cry foul! and I welcome any and all serious attempts to highlight the plight of the people of Stoke-on-Trent who are being abused in this way.